Rwanda, 3rd Tourism Destination in Africa- ICCA Report

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Rwanda invested in a brand new state of the art convention centre adjoining the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kigali, Marriott Hotel Kigali with major meeting spaces available.

Rwanda has climbed from 7th to 3rd in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) 2016 latest ranking of business tourism in Africa.

The ICCA’s 2016 rankings, released this week puts Rwanda as the third highest ranked MICE destination in Africa, after South Africa and Morocco, leaving all others trailing in her wake to the delight of the staff of the Rwanda Convention Bureau, which was formed in 2014 and now has already major success to report.

In 2014 Rwanda’s standing in the continental ICCA rankings was at 13th position.

In 2015 Rwanda’s standing had risen to 7th in Africa, beginning to rival the traditional MICE powers on the continent, including or especially Nairobi, given that ICCA has 39 member countries in Africa no mean achievement.

The east African country invested in a brand new state of the art convention centre adjoining the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kigali, Marriott Hotel Kigali with major meeting spaces available in the hotel plus added new hotels. as does the investment in the national airline RwandAir, which is now serving 21 destinations in Africa, the Middle East and India while adding London at the end of May to their network too.

In addition to the Radisson Blu hotel, two more 5-Star Hotels were inaugurated last year, these include Marriott Hotel and Ubumwe Hotel. Tourism receipts grew to 404 million US Dollars, up from 2015 368 million US Dollars, a 10 percent rise amid corresponding growth of visitors.

Marriott Kigali, is the first Marriott Hotel to open in sub-Saharan Africa. The opening of the 5-star 254-room facility in Kigali came a little over a week following Marriott International acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

The Kigali Marriott Hotel itself added 254 rooms and 10 conference halls. The latest WEF report, among others, puts Rwanda’s international tourist arrivals at 987,000, and international tourism inbound receipts at $317.8 million.

According to the latest biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Rwanda is ranked the ninth safest country globally for tourists.

 

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