For the 7th time Rwanda is showcasing its marvelous tourist attractions at the Vakantiebeurs tourism exhibition, the largest tourism exhibition in the Benelux taking place this week until Sunday 17 January in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The exhibition kicked off on Tuesday with a trade day for the Dutch travel industry and travel media and at the official opening with many VIPs the audience was impressed by a performance of Rwandan cultural dancers, who will continue entertaining visitors in front of the Rwanda stand and on stage in the Africa hall. 

After the opening Rwanda's Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Jean Pierre Karabaranga, invited Mayor Van Zanen of Utrecht to the Rwanda stand to discover the tourism opportunities in the land of a thousand hills.  They made a photo at the Rwanda photo booth for visitors to take souvenir photos in the Rwanda landscape.

Ambassador Karabaranga said that he noticed a remarkable growth in interest and enthusiasm of Dutch tour operators:

‘Tour operators specialized in Africa are extending their product offer and are offering Rwanda as a ’standalone’ destination. Some, like AV Tours & Safari and All for Nature Travel, told me that they were grateful for the invitation from the Rwanda Development Board to attend Kwita Izina and discover Rwanda in September 2015. This trip showed them that Rwanda’s tourism is very diversified and is much more than Gorilla tracking only’.

‘Inviting tour operators and travel journalists is the best way to achieve the remarkable progress and the Embassy is working closely with the Rwanda Development Board to continue those media and tour operator familiarization trips in 2016’, said Ambassador Karabaranga.

Rwanda is among the 160 countries that participated at the Vakantiebeurs which also attracts more than 125,000 visitors. Amahoro Tours, Great Seasons Hotel Kigali, Mountain Gorilla Safaris and Wildlife Tours Rwanda are represented during the six-day event.

During the consumer days Rwanda’s exhibition stand is receiving many visitors who are enjoying Rwandan coffee and tea, and entertained by Rwandan traditional dancers. They are engaging in the lifetime offer to take a photo in Rwanda style for free and sharing it on the travel Rwanda Facebook page.

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