Rwanda woos German tourists, showcases at the ITB in Berlin

4Berlin, 05 March 2015: Rwanda is participating in this year’s edition of the International Tourism Board convention currently taking place in the German city of Berlin.

Known as the ITB Berlin 2015, the forum provides an excellent opportunity to showcase Rwanda’s numerous tourist attractions and network with business representatives in the tourism industry. The event has attracted over 180 countries and is expected to draw 110,000 visitors during the four days that it will be open.

The Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Board Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi said “Europe and Germany in particular, are key source markets for Rwanda so we are delighted to be exhibiting at ITB once again. With the development of new attractions and accommodation in Rwanda we have never been more confident of Rwanda’s potential to attract European visitors.”

To further celebrate Rwanda’s rich culture, the National Ballet of Rwanda will be participating in the exhibition’s closing ceremony on Sunday 8th March, performing music and traditional dances including the famous ‘Intore’ dance.

The Rwandan delegation is led by Rwanda Development Board. Exhibitors at the stand include the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, Thousand Hills Expeditions, Primate Safaris, Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Wildlife Tours Rwanda, Nyungwe Top View Hotel and Amahoro Tours.

In addition to the renowned Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda is home to one fifth of the primate species in Africa. Also being showcases is  the Akagera National Park, located just two hours from Kigali and is home to big game including elephants, buffalos, leopards, hippos, zebras and giraffes. 

Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest is home to over 400 chimpanzees and East Africa’s only canopy walkway -70m high and 200m long- it provides an exhilarating chimp’s eye view of the trees. The forest also boasts one of the highest concentrations of birds in Africa, with over 700 species of bird, 27 of which are endemic to the Albertine rift.