Taking place for its 13th time and attended by different Rwandan tourism companies, the fair hosted different activities to raise awareness about Rwanda.
Present were the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), RwandAir, the Rwandan embassy in the Netherlands, such tourism companies as Amahoro Tours, Palast Tours, and Travel, Heritage Safaris, and Wildlife Tours-Rwanda.
The Rwanda Tourism Chamber Chairperson at the Private Sector Federation, Aimable Rutagarama told IGIHE that attending the fair is another way of boosting the number of tourists visiting Rwanda.
“We really thank the government of Rwanda for the way it keeps supporting the development of tourism and those who coordinate it.”
He added, “compared to some years ago, tourism [in Rwanda] has made a huge step. Even us the private sector, we must put in our effort, not leave it for only the government, by increasing the number of tourism companies, hotels, and other facilities that go with hospitality.”
Those who represented the Rwandan tourism sector shared experiences with their fellow tourism sectors in the Netherlands and opportunities in Rwandan tourism industry and how they can explore them.
Among the authorities present were the ambassador of Rwanda in the Netherlands Jean Pierre Karabaranga, the head of tourism marketing in RDB Linda Mutesi, and the ecotourism analyst of RDB Ildephonse Kambogo.
Vakantiebeurs is considered a great opportunity for the Rwandan tourism industry to grow through partnerships with the Netherlands and other important markets available.
The leader of Visit Rwanda in the Netherlands, Harry Betist, said, “It is a good opportunity to meet our stakeholders celebrate what we accomplished so far, and look at how to keep the momentum.”
The Netherlands is among the first eight first countries with the highest number of tourists visiting Rwanda.
The number of tourists from 2017 to 2018 increased by 11.9%, from 4,918 to 5,501 respectively.