Rwanda tourism receipts improve

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Ahead of the annual celebrations of the gorilla naming “Kwita Izina” later this week, figures have been released by the Rwanda Development Board-Tourism and Conservation, speaking of a 5 percent increase in revenues during the first quarter of 2010 compared to last year of 2009.

The improved figures are attributed to sustained marketing of Rwanda as a destination and the introduction of new products for the tourism industry on one side and the added visitors coming to the “land of a thousand hills” for conferences and meetings, now that new facilities are available for MICE organizers.

Leisure visitors to Rwanda compared to last year went up by about 25 percent, while overall arrivals increased by 8 percent for the first quarter of 2010. Sources from Kigali generally felt that 2010 could become another record setting year.