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Rwanda targets Indian tourists and investors

The High Commission of Rwanda in India, in cooperation with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), turned its focus to the Indian travel market by organising a road show to promote Rwanda as a new destination for tourism and investment opportunities.

This followed close on the heels of a very successful participation at the Mumbai Outbound Travel Mart held at the Bombay Exhibition and Convention Centre earlier this month.

This is the first major initiative undertaken by an African country following the successful India – Africa summit hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2015. The road shows were held in Mumbai and Bangalore. Ernest Rwamucyo, the High Commissioner of Rwanda, said: “We are happy to be here in Mumbai and showcase Remarkable Rwanda to the second outbound travel market in the world. In 2014-15, Indians were the second largest visitors to Rwanda after Americans.”

Anny Batamuriza, vice chairperson of Tourism Chamber Rwanda Private Sector Federation, said: “We look to India as the future for various tourism opportunities in Rwanda.” A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Batamuriza in the presence of the High Commissioner with the president of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Zakkir Ahmed in Mumbai. During their visit to Bangalore the Rwandan delegation had the opportunity to interact with members of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Karnataka.

A large section of the business investors from Karnataka expressed their interest in the various investment opportunities in Rwanda at the Bangalore road show. The seminars held in Mumbai and Bangalore were a huge success with an attendance of over 200 participants at each city, including eminent leaders from the travel trade and the corporate world. The event concluded with a colourful cultural performance by the Rwandan students in India who showcased the traditional Rwandan dance with active participation from the audience.