- Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 06:44
Kigali, January 23rd, 2014 – Kwita Izina, a Rwanda Development Board’s project was second runner up for the UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance.
The award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance went to Responsible Tourism Project at Kumarakom, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala (India) and the first runner up was declared Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship (Poland) in the event of the International Tourism Trade Fair – FITUR that took place yesterday, 22nd of January 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Kwita Izina was the only African project awarded for the Ulysse UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation.
Speaking of the Kwita Izina project ranking, Mrs. Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and Conservation Departmnt in RDB said “Given that the Innovation in Public Policy and Governance category received more application from all corners of the world, it was quite competitive, and due to that fact we are proud to be among the top three projects”.
Mrs Rwigamba will also be among the Knowledge Network Symposium panelists, sharing Kwita Izina impact on the communities at the egde of Volcanoes National Park.
In 2005, Rwanda’s tourist board introduced an annual public gorilla naming ceremony now known as Kwita Izina which comes from Rwandan baby naming tradition that entire community is involved in naming a newly born. The event is in line with the effort to create and raise awareness for the conservation of mountain gorillas, as a tool to distinctively position and promote Rwanda as a must-see tourism destination and empower communities surrounding Volcanoes National Park, mountains gorillas’ habitat.
Every year since 2003, the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism have honoured tourism initiatives that contribute to advance tourism through knowledge and innovation, in line with the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Since its inception in 2005, Kwita Izina has evolved from a one day celebration to a week celebration. Along with the main gorilla-naming ceremony, a number of exciting events take place during the week preceding the naming ceremony among which emphasis in conservation and community welfare based. From 2005, an amount of 586,838,751 Rwf (978,065 US$) from RDB’s Tourism Revenue Sharing Scheme was allocated to community development.
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Rwandan stand at ITB Berlin 2013 came in third place in the Africa category of the Best Exhibitor Awards, held by students of the Cologne Business School (CBS) on Saturday, 9 March 2013.
Burundi topped the best of the best exhibitors in the Africa category, followed by Kenya and Rwanda.
During the days of the trade show (this year 6-10 March), Cologne Business School assessors visited some 12,000 booths at ITB and assessed them according to numerous criteria such as booth construction, information contents, service quality, friendliness and special effects.
The award ceremony took place in the Palais at the Funkturm on the Berlin fair trade premises and was hosted by CBS's Jessica Wack and Marie-Caroline Utsch. The ten best placed exhibitors of each category were awarded in front of over 600 invited guests, and the best three of each category on stage.
CBS is an internationally orientated, state-recognized university of applied sciences and counts as one of Germany‘s top Business Schools.
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- ITB announcement on the East Africa Tourist Visa. Berlin, Germany
15 March 2013 - The Rwandan Embassy in the Netherlands on Tuesday held a tourism promotion event in Amsterdam at the Inholland University – Diemen Campus.
29 February 2013 - RDB conducted an awareness and consultative seminar on 27 February 2013 through which the current status of the likely classifiable accommodation was presented to accommodation establishment owners...
Le Rwanda a enregistré $US 210.5 millions de Janvier à Septembre 2012, soit une croissance de 14 % par rapport à depuis Janvier à Septembre 2011, où le revenu du Tourisme a atteint un total de $US 184,4 millions, selon un responsable de RDB.
12 December 2012 - The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) has lauded Rwanda following its move to issue entry visas to nationals from all African countries travelling to or transiting through the country upon arrival at any entry point effective January 1, 2013, saying this would promote tourism.
22 November 2012 - Explore Nyungwe Forest in style for as low as 409 USD. The package is for 2 nights stay full board, flight from Kigali to Kamembe and vice-versa, airport transfers, and one free park pass at any of the Nyungwe area RDB products except Chimpanzees tracking. Offer valid until 31 January 2013.
5 November 2012 - Rwanda's Nyungwe Nziza Project was named winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers' top Globe Award, at the Guild's prestigious annual awards dinner in London's Savoy Hotel last night
In preparation for the second phase of classification and grading of hotels in the country, RDB organized a seminar to train hotels that have been identified to be assessed for the star awarding.
Volacoes national Park has received 2012 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to accommodations, restaurants and attractions that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
In an effort to increase awareness on tourism attractions in the country among fellow Rwandans, RDB organized a trip for local journalists in Nyungwe
Rwanda’s efforts to grow its tourism sector in as sustainable a way as possible appear to be paying off ...
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Rica RWIGAMBA, Head of Tourism, Rwanda tells BTN about how the destination is positioning itself to become a regional hub ...