Rwanda to Add Amusement Park to Its Tourism Package

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By Dan Ngabonziza

An amusement Park Rides in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rwandans could soon start enjoying Amusement Park fun services, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) official said.

Claire Akamanzi, CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) confirmed on twitter that plans are underway to have the park in the capital Kigali.

She however did not disclose the timeline in which Rwanda should expect to enjoy the Mega Park.

In response to a twitter query about the theme park project, Claire said: “Yes we have plans underway.” She added, “Still early to disclose.”

An amusement park also known as theme park is a group of entertainment attractions, rides, and other events in a location for the enjoyment of large numbers of people.

Most of the rides at theme parks include looping rollercoaster rides, bumper cars, and exciting wildlife centered shows to historical attractions which form the base enabling excess of entertainment activities for all age groups.

Establishing theme parks is expensive, but also yields good returns on investment.

For instance, according to Nasdaq – a US-based stock exchange company, a one-day ticket to the Disney World – the most expensive ticket in the US, is $105 (Rwf86, 545) per person between 10 years and above.

The 62-year-old Disneyland theme park was constructed at a cost of $17 million then (about $116 million in today’s dollars).

If a similar tourism park is brought to Rwanda, this could be the first time Rwandans enjoy a theme park.

Rwandans have been used to the little known recreation amusement park – Bambino Super City which does not meet standards. The park, located 12km from Kigali burned down last year.

Meanwhile, Rwanda 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 (Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events) destination in Africa, after South Africa and Morocco.

Three years ago, the same report ranked Rwanda on 13th position in the continent.

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Africa’s strong performance in 2014 makes it one of the world’s fastest-growing tourist destinations, second only to Southeast Asia.




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