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Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

[By Scott Wayne, from Handshake – the International Finance Corporation’s Quarterly Journal on Public-Private Partnerships, Issue #10] Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be the key to ensuring the sustainability of national parks and protected areas in emerging markets like Rwanda and Mozambique, especially when businesses and investors can have concessions to operate within the parks. Without private sector involvement, visitor services run by government agencies are often […]

USAID Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda named winner of Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards by British Guild of Travel Writers

USAID Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda named winner of Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards by British Guild of Travel Writers

London, November 6th – USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza (“Beautiful Nyungwe”) project was named winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers’ (BGTW) Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards. At the Guild’s prestigious annual awards dinner in the London’s Savoy Hotel Sunday night, Guild Chair Roger Bray said: “Nyungwe Nziza is a model tourism project for […]

KPMG Financing Study cautiously optimistic on future of tourism in the Caribbean

KPMG Financing Study cautiously optimistic on future of tourism in the Caribbean

For the last several months, I have been helping to research and analyze tourism trends, especially investment, in the Caribbean for the International Finance Corproation. As many of you are no doubt aware, much of the Caribbean has been hit hard by the economic downturns in the US and Europe — the main generating markets […]

Nyungwe Nziza Project voted one of best tourism development projects by the British Guild of Travel Writers

Nyungwe Nziza Project voted one of best tourism development projects by the British Guild of Travel Writers

On Wednesday, September 12th, the British Guild of Travel Writers conducted a first round of voting for their annual Tourism Awards. The USAID-sponsored Nyungwe Nziza Project, for which SW Associates has been a sub-contractor for the past two years, was voted as one of the three best “Overseas Projects/Attractions” by BGTW members. The overall winner […]

Rwanda Aviation Planning Further Opening Country

Rwanda Aviation Planning Further Opening Country

Rwanda is actively working to grow its tourism sector in as sustainable a way as possible and the efforts are succeeding. RwandAir’s fleet is expanding and new flights and airlines are coming. HIGHLIGHTS RwandAir adds second B737-800 to its fleet, which will provide service to Johannesburg, Dubai and Lagos. With the planned 2015 opening of […]

Rwanda Tourism to Launch Congo Nile Trail

Rwanda Tourism to Launch Congo Nile Trail

UPDATE: According to Wolfgang Thome, one of the most active travel industry bloggers in East Africa, the Trail will now be launched on November 25th. He said in a recent blog posting that tour operators have begun to market the trail. With the launch of the Congo Nile Trail on November 4th, Rwandan tourism is […]

Rwanda Positioning to Become Key Birding Destination

Rwanda Positioning to Become Key Birding Destination

With over 700 species, Rwanda is quietly being promoted and discovered as a world class birding destination. HIGHLIGHTS New birding sites recently developed by RDB Routes Location Bird Species Bugesera Route Eastern Province, 30 minutes by car south of Kigali. Over 360 birds species on this route, including the Red-faced  Barbet, Lybius rubrifacies, Papyrus Gonolek, […]

Rwanda’s Proactive Tourism Policy: New National Park

Rwanda’s Proactive Tourism Policy: New National Park

Rwanda is actively working to grow its tourism sector in as sustainable a way as possible and the efforts are succeeding. Gishwati Forest is known as the Forest of Hope, a forest that epitomizes Rwanda’s commitment to conservation, reforestation and community development through ecotourism. HIGHLIGHTS Over several decades, Gishwati Forest became nearly completely depleted due […]

UK Visitors to Rwanda – 41% Increase in 2011

UK Visitors to Rwanda – 41% Increase in 2011

UK Market – 41% Increase in 2011 Rwanda Tourism Fact Sheet for the World Travel Market 2011 Rwanda is actively working to sustainably grow its tourism sector and the efforts are succeeding. UK  tourist arrivals are steadily increasing helped, no doubt, by the 12 exhibitors on the Rwanda Stand and the RDB. HIGHLIGHTS Annual average […]

Rwanda – #1 in Sustainable Tourism says World Economic Forum

Rwanda – #1 in Sustainable Tourism says World Economic Forum

Rwanda and especially the Rwanda Development Board’s Tourism Department are actively working to grow the country’s tourism sector in a sustainable way and the efforts are succeeding and being recognized by the World Economic Forum’s Tourism Competitiveness Index. International tourist arrivals and receipts are increasing along with international air access, new and upgraded parks and […]