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Rwanda has made an extraordinary transformation and tourism has been at the heart of that transformation.

By Irene Gaitirira
Published March 18, 2019

Mountain Gorillas of RwandaThe Travel and Tourism sector of Rwanda contributed US$1.4 Billion to the central African country’s economy.

The annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the travel and tourism sector by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that Rwanda recorded an increase of 13.8% growth rate over 2017.

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According to an article by Erik Grimaldi of worldtourismwire.com, the WTTC research which covers 185 countries shows that in 2018 Rwanda’s Travel and Tourism sector:

  • Outpaced the global growth rate of 3.9%, the African growth rate of 5.6%
  • Supported 410,000 jobs, or 13% of total employment
  • Accounts for the equivalent of one in seven Rwandan Francs in the local economy (14.9%)
  • Is strongly weighted towards international travel: 67% of Travel & Tourism spending came from international travelers and 33% from domestic travel
  • Was equally balanced between business travelers (48% of spending) and leisure travellers (52% of spending).

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Rwanda’s Travel & Tourism story is one of a remarkable transformation.“Rwanda’s Travel & Tourism story is one of a remarkable transformation. Last year at our Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Rwanda was the recipient of our inaugural Global Leadership Award, for countries which have prioritised tourism development in a way which is sustainable, inclusive and transformative,” says Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and Chief Executive Officer of World Travel & Tourism Council. “Rwanda has made an extraordinary transformation and tourism has been at the heart of that transformation. Rebuilt on a strong foundation of reconciliation, and powered by the determination to succeed, Rwanda is now a leader in education and in environmental responsibility. National parks have been created so that communities can benefit from conservation and
anti-poaching initiatives have protected the country’s unique gorilla population.”

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