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Another tourism first for Rwanda


Rwanda embarks on Google mapping of tourism attractions

By Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Uganda | Mar 23, 2012

Rwanda embarks on Google mapping of tourism attractions
Image via google maps

(eTN) - Today is a significant day in Rwanda, as work will get underway for another first, where Rwanda takes the lead in the region and on the continent, with teams going out into the field, especially the western part of the country, with the national parks of Volcanoes and Nyungwe and also the increasingly popular Lake Kivu shores, along which the Congo Nile Trail runs between Cyangugu and Gisenyi.

Key locations and attractions, islands and trails, villages and towns will be cartographed, allowing visitors to Rwanda to get a Google Map location on resorts, safari lodges, restaurants, guest houses, and hotels, not just in the city of Kigali, where in fact every street name will be captured, but also in the countryside, which in conjunction with a GPS function on a smartphone, can pinpoint one’s precise situation, as navigational aid or for sheer documentary purposes when tweeting from a trip or sending pictures for Facebook uploads.

The Rwanda Development Board, which has taken a leading role in the exercise, has expressed their excitement over the work which is now unfolding, as it will put the country again in the spotlight, this time seen through the eye in the sky, as satellite images become available of such properties like the Lake Kivu Serena, the Nyungwe Forest Lodge, or even smaller individually-owned lakeside resorts like the Paradis Malahide Resort and its little offshore island in Gisenyi.

Running searches on any location in Rwanda will, upon completion of the project, be just a few clicks away, or entering a particular spot of interest on an iPad, a tablet, or on a smartphone, catapulting Rwanda fully into the 21st century of available information on the spot and on demand.



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