Rwanda : Water sports launched in Karongi district

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Water sports launched in Karongi district

The Rwanda Development Board in conjunction with Karongi district are set to launch the first ever water sporting activities in Rwanda, in a bid to promote tourism among local and foreign visitors.

According to district official, preparations are underway and the event will soon be launched as a way of boosting the tourism sector in the country and especially in Karongi district, which has been earmarked in the government tourism development agenda.

Faustin, Karasira an official of RDB tourism department says that the program is part of the implementation and follow-up of recommendations on tourism made by the 2012 cabinet meeting.

He said that new water sporting activities will be central in boosting tourism in Rwanda activities especially in places which are blessed with beautiful water bodies such Lake Kivu which cuts across the western province.

The Mayor of Karongi, Bernard Kayumba, also revealed that a new resort beach is due completion in the area and this will be additional efforts to host many other sporting activities around the water bodies.

The Mayor also called on the Karongi business community to take advantage of these programs to improve the economic activities but also focus of promoting good services and customer care as a way of sustaining the program and attracting more visitors.

Tourism is one of the pillars of the economy and development of Karongi District. The tourism attractions include L. Kivu, Urutare rwa Ndaba, Ibigabiro by’Umwami Rwabugiri, Nyungwe Forest, high hills, streams etc.

In the capacity of supporting tourism several hotels (Moriah Hill Ressort and Holydays Hotel, Karora Beach Hotel) have been built and these have complemented Golf Eden Rock Hotel, Centre Béthanie and Home Saint Joseph that have been accommodating tourists.

However, numerous small islands in the Lake offering a breath-taking picturesque remain undeveloped. Other sectors of the economy like crafts and cooperatives remain poorly developed and require considerable effort to invigorate.

Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner in Rwanda, with $251 million earned in 2011. From January 2012, the sector brought in US$232million from US$204millions- making an increment of US$28million.

A Research firm-Euromonitor International has identified Rwanda among top African countries with potential tourism investment growth. Rwanda is emerging as a well-known destination on the world tourism map recording a 3% increase of inbound tourists in 2011 to reach 723,000.

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