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Rwanda gears up for surge in tourism demand

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Rwanda signs second Hotel deal with Protea Hotels

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Protect the Grey Crowned Cranes: A project to reintroduce captive birds into the wild gathers momentum

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Rwanda gears up for surge in tourism demand

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Rwanda signs second Hotel deal with Protea Hotels

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Protect the Grey Crowned Cranes: A project to reintroduce captive birds into the wild gathers momentum

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Rwanda gears up for surge in tourism demand

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Protect the Grey Crowned Cranes: A project to reintroduce captive birds into the wild gathers momentum

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Rwanda gears up for surge in tourism demand

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Protect the Grey Crowned Cranes: A project to reintroduce captive birds into the wild gathers momentum

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Rwanda gears up for surge in tourism demand

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Rwanda signs second Hotel deal with Protea Hotels

Protea Hotels, the largest and leading luxury brand in Africa has signed a second project in Rwanda during the Africa Hotel Investment Forum that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 29th September to 1st October 2014.

The 76 keys resort hotel is under construction in Rusizi District, located in the Western Province of in Rwanda and will be completed in 2016. The hotel will be called Protea Kivu Marina Resort Hotel and it will feature various amenities and services.

The US$22 million investment project is an excellent Private Public Partnership model as the 7 districts that make up the Western Province as well as the Catholic Diocese of Rusizi are shareholders in the project. The project is a land mark development for Kivu Belt Tourism Sub Master Plan.

The Head of Tourism and Conservation Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, who is attending the investment forum said that; ‘The Kivu Belt is one of our priority areas for tourism development and diversification of our offering. Therefore, we welcome partnerships such as this one with Protea as it will benefit Rwandans directly as well as contribute to Rwanda’s competitiveness especially in the Tourism sector.’

Protea Hotels Group is now part of Marriott Hotels International, one of the leading hotels in the world that is also developing a 5 star Hotel in Kigali. Other major international brands that have joined Rwanda’s Tourism sector include; Radisson Blu, Radisson by Park Inn, Kempinski, Sheraton and Golden Tulip.

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Notes to the editors: About Protea Hotels:

Protea Hotels is the largest and leading hotel group in Africa with the most extensive footprint; more than 116 hotels throughout South Africa and six other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. The company was founded in 1984 and has grown its portfolio and brands since. The group comprises of two brands, namely the mid-up market Protea Hotels (including the lifestyle brand Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!) brand and the superior deluxe African Pride Hotels, Lodges and Country Houses brand.

Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards, the winner of 4 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013.

Rwanda signs second Hotel deal with Protea Hotels

Protea Hotels, the largest and leading luxury brand in Africa has signed a second project in Rwanda during the Africa Hotel Investment Forum that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 29th September to 1st October 2014.

The 76 keys resort hotel is under construction in Rusizi District, located in the Western Province of in Rwanda and will be completed in 2016. The hotel will be called Protea Kivu Marina Resort Hotel and it will feature various amenities and services.

The US$22 million investment project is an excellent Private Public Partnership model as the 7 districts that make up the Western Province as well as the Catholic Diocese of Rusizi are shareholders in the project. The project is a land mark development for Kivu Belt Tourism Sub Master Plan.

The Head of Tourism and Conservation Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, who is attending the investment forum said that; ‘The Kivu Belt is one of our priority areas for tourism development and diversification of our offering. Therefore, we welcome partnerships such as this one with Protea as it will benefit Rwandans directly as well as contribute to Rwanda’s competitiveness especially in the Tourism sector.’

Protea Hotels Group is now part of Marriott Hotels International, one of the leading hotels in the world that is also developing a 5 star Hotel in Kigali. Other major international brands that have joined Rwanda’s Tourism sector include; Radisson Blu, Radisson by Park Inn, Kempinski, Sheraton and Golden Tulip.

Protea Hotels is the largest and leading hotel group in Africa with the most extensive footprint; more than 116 hotels throughout South Africa and six other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. The company was founded in 1984 and has grown its portfolio and brands since. The group comprises of two brands, namely the mid-up market Protea Hotels (including the lifestyle brand Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!) brand and the superior deluxe African Pride Hotels, Lodges and Country Houses brand.

Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards, the winner of 4 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys and the winner of the Ask Africa South African Customer Service Award 2013.

 

Rwanda Remains Ebola free

Kigali, Sunday 28th September 2014: The Ministry of Health would like to inform Rwandans and all visitors to Rwanda that Rwanda is Ebola free. The lab results of the patient who was reported in the media this past week were negative for the Ebola Virus Disease.

 The government has put in place measures aimed at protecting Rwandans from Ebola. Surveillance systems and emergency management systems are in place. Health workers have been trained across the country and are vigilant.

Together with partners, the Ministry of Health has increased sensitization measures about Ebola virus disease through the media and community outreach activities. All this will enable timely detection, notification and appropriate management of any suspected cases to safeguard Rwandans. The Ministry will always provide credible information on any case that is considered a public health threat.

For More information contact: RBC-Rwanda Health Communication E-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Nathan Mugume Tel: +250788567373

 

Protect the Grey Crowned Cranes: A project to reintroduce captive birds into the wild gathers momentum

KIGALI, – 24 September 2014:

Populations of Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda (known as Imisambi in Kinyarwanda) are facing a major decline. There are only a few hundred Grey Crowned Cranes left in the wild in Rwanda and if we do not act now, there will be none at all.

Human activities are the main factors leading to the decline of the population of Grey Crowned Cranes with these activities restricting their breeding success.

The Grey Crowned Cranes today are threatened by their removal from the wild. The practice of illegal removal from the wild and domesticating the birds is rampant throughout Rwanda and if not stopped, the species may become extinct from the wild altogether.

Grey Crowned Cranes are reared as pets at some hotels, homes, exported by illegal wildlife traders, and used in traditional healing rituals. 

 

The Rwanda Development Board, through its conservation programme, is supporting Rwandan veterinarian and prestigious 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureate Dr. Olivier Nsengimana through his project to protect the Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda. So far, four cranes have been moved to Akagera National Park where they are now enjoying being in their natural habitat.

 

RDB and its stakeholders would like to thank all those who have called to register the cranes that they have in captivity. Below are next steps:

  • Encourage more people who have Grey Crowned Cranes in their home or hotels to register them
  • Visit and put a leg band with a unique identifying number on the cranes. The leg bands will help to know the total number of cranes in captivity.
  • Select a number of Grey Crowned Cranes among these in captivity to be rehabilitated and reintroduced to their natural habitat.

It is important for owners to call and register their cranes now to avoid future penalties. Any crane without a leg band will be considered newly poached. According to an existing legislation stipulated in the organic law, the penal code and ministerial orders that protects these endangered birds; it is illegal to domesticate the birds.  Please note that not all the cranes in captivity will be taken back to the wild but it is important to have a full database of those in captivity so that the illegal trade of cranes can be controlled and eventually stopped.

 

With the support of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, a quarantine facility is being built in Kigali where the cranes that will be reintroduced to the wild will be screened and monitored first. They will then be transferred to Akagera National Park after this process.

 

Contact us:

Olivier Nsengimana                0784841184    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        

Antoine Mudakikwa                0788552826    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Albert Kayitare                        0788585922    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rwanda gears up for surge in tourism demand

Over the last decade, leisure and adventure tourism have risen dramatically in Rwanda thanks to the many and varied tourism experiences on offer. Tourism continued to remain at the top of the country’s foreign exchange earners and has retained a share of international business. In 2013, the total revenue collected from the sector was US$293 million. It is expected to reach US $860 million by 2017.

 

The opportunities for Rwanda to grow its tourism offering are immense, from hosting meetings and conferences, tapping into religious and cultural experiences, taking advantage of its eco and national parks and expanding water and leisure sports.  

With World Tourism Day being marked globally under the theme Tourism and Community Development, the Rwanda Development Board’s Head of Tourism and Conservation Amb. Yamina Karitanyi said: “The occasion is a chance to reflect on how Rwanda is investing in facilities to meet the growing demand, especially for meetings and conferences.” She added that Rwanda was on course in implementing its National Tourism Master Plan designed to secure the sector’s contribution to the economy in line with Vision 2020: “Part of the plan is to successfully diversify tourism experiences beyond gorillas.”

This is why Rwanda has invested in the convention bureau and other infrastructure and is seeking investors for spa and golf resort hotels along Lake Kivu and a cable car system on the slopes of the Volcanoes National Park. In addition, a new cultural village will be set up in Kigali showcasing the spectrum of the nation’s heritage in one setting.

“We are making progress with initiatives aimed at meeting the growing tourism demand in Rwanda. Our new conference facility, the Kigali Convention Center, which will be the largest in East and Central Africa, is nearing completion and should be open soon,” she said.

Giving back to communities is another key element of Rwanda’s tourism and conservation strategy. From 2005 to today, Rwf1.962 billion has been disbursed to fund 360 community projects across the country. These projects include schools and hospitals around the parks and support for community owned projects. Eight community cooperatives with a total of more than 400 people are employed in maintaining and preserving tourist facilities in the national parks.

Building community capacity is another aspect at the top of Rwanda’s tourism agenda. In collaboration with the Ministry of Sports and Culture and the Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO, all district officers in charge of youth, culture and sports have been trained on identifying and preserving cultural attractions. The Rwanda Development Board has trained 200 young people from different Tourism Destination Management Areas on tourism and entrepreneurship skills. 

In Rwanda’s EDPRS II, the target is to grow tourism revenues by 25% annually. In order to achieve this, RDB will diversify tourism experiences, develop and expand the needed infrastructure and focus on service delivery and capacity building to enable the sector to continue to grow and thrive. Targeted marketing strategies will also ensure Rwanda’s growth in tourism is sustained.

Amb. Karitanyi said that the projects were a clear demonstration of the extent that Rwanda is going to in gearing up for the surge in tourism demand.  “We know that recent innovations such as the single East Africa tourist Visa will continue to be a significant factor in our overall tourism sector growth,” she said. The single 90 – day visa costs $100 and gives a tourist access to three countries- Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

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