Humberto Tan, a presenter on RTL 4 (Radio Télévision Luxembourg 4), the most-watched commercial station in Luxembourg, is also an amateur photographer, with 378,000 followers on Instagram.
Basing on his tremendous popularity and followership, the Rwandan embassy in the Netherlands in partnership with Rwanda Development Board invited him for a visit to Rwanda as part of the Visit Rwanda campaign to help raise awareness of the country’s stunning beauty to the people who follow him.
Following the invitation, Humberto Tan visited Rwanda on January 15, 2020. He was impressed by a number of Rwandan features and culture.
“What amazed me is how gorillas stay humble regardless of how strong they are. The male gorilla, Silverback, controls everything and is always ready to fight whichever thing that might attack its family. We had a walk of two hours and a half trekking the gorillas, and seeing them was worth it.”
His followers on social media, too, were amazed at his trip. One wrote: “So good! You are so lucky to have had this trip. Now, you can remove it from your list of things you set to accomplish in your lifetime.”
Another one wrote: “Is it really true you saw them eye to eye in daylight? Your pictures are beautiful.”
Rwanda’s ambassador in the Netherlands, Jean Pierre Karabaranga had this to say about Humberto’s visit: “Visit Rwanda campaign has gotten popular in the Netherlands. Since its inception, we opened a diversity of offices to market it. Also, in 2019, we organized different trips of Dutch media personalities and tourism private companies who came to visit Rwanda.”
“Apart from what Humberto Tan put on his social media, there is another story about Visit Rwanda that appeared on the cover page of De Telegraaf [the largest Dutch daily morning newspaper.] From January 16 to January 19, Visit Rwanda is attending the Vakantiebeurs, a major tourism and leisure fair in the Netherlands, taking place in Utrecht.”
He said that they received delegates from Rwanda including representatives of Rwanda Development Board, RwandAir, Amahoro Tours, Heritage Travel, Palast Tours & Travel, and Wildlife Tours Rwanda.
The ambassador also said that they worked with an adventure company Untamed Travellers to receive 200 private individuals and media people on their Visit Rwanda stand.