This event took place at the Intare Conference Arena in Rusororo, Kigali, aiming to offer a one-of-a-kind experience to the participants.
The evening showcased the natural beauty and hidden economic potential of Rwandan culture through traditional dances and the warm hospitality of its people.
With over 1,000 participants hailing from 45 different countries, representing various sectors such as tourism, conservation, private sector, and others interested in the future of the tourism landscape, this three-day conference was nothing short of extraordinary.
Francis Gatare, the CEO of RDB, extended a warm welcome to the esteemed guests, encouraging them to feel right at home and emphasizing the celebratory spirit of the evening.
He applauded the contributions of artists and fashion designers from diverse cultural backgrounds, acknowledging their role in shaping the world of tourism. Gatare also expressed his delight in welcoming all attendees to the heart of Africa.
Arnold Donald, Chair of WTTC, praised the tireless efforts of those involved in the tourism sector, recognizing their unwavering commitment and dedication in raising the industry’s standards.
The evening’s entertainment featured a blend of predominantly traditional songs and modern music, with performances by artists by Intayoberana Ballet, artists Ruti Joël and Sano Shengero Alyn took the stage, serenading the audience with both foreign and original compositions.
The official launch of the summit, which took place on November 2, 2023, saw the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including President Paul Kagame, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, and Burundian Vice President Prosper Bazombanza, among others.
According to the 2023 report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the global tourism industry is projected to generate 110 million jobs worldwide over the next decade. This report also forecasts a substantial 5.1% annual growth in global tourism revenue between 2023 and 2033, reaching an impressive $15,000 billion, equivalent to 11.6% of the global economy.
In Africa, the successful development of this sector over the next decade holds the potential to generate approximately $168 billion in revenue and create 18 million new jobs, according to WTTC’s predictions.