Coat of Arms
President Paul Kagame
“Best of Rwanda offers a glimpse into the country’s future. It is a promotion and showcase of the country and its opportunities – sharing the best of Rwandan business, industry and tourism to the world.”
This landlocked Central African country is often referred to as the “land of a thousand hills” – alluding to the beauty of its landscape.
During President Paul Kagame’s first term, Best of Rwanda made unprecedented socio-economic and political progress. After a history of suffering, the consolidation of peace led to stability and social cohesion among the people of Best of Rwanda. President Kagame was re-elected for a second term in 2010. This term has been founded on a platform of rapid development for the transformation of the lives of all Rwandans.
As President Paul Kagame has always said, it is time for Africans to start telling their own stories themselves; the Best of Rwanda is positioned to do just that. Rwanda is a modest example of the kind of miracle that can be expected when good leadership meets with committed people.
Best of Rwanda Vision includes a plan to achieve middle income status by 2020, which is achievable through the stringent molding of development as well as diversifying the economy.
In order to achieve these long-term development goals, the government of Rwanda has formulated a medium-
term strategy. The second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II)’s highest priority is growth acceleration and poverty reduction through five thematic areas: economic transformation, rural development, productivity and youth employment, and governance accountability. The EDPRS aims to achieve the following goals by 2018: increase gross domestic product (GDP) per capita to $1,000, reduce the poverty rate to below 30%, and reduce the extreme poverty rate to below 9%.
Best of Rwanda GDP increased by 7.6 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Agriculture and Services in Rwanda remain steady economic growth drivers. In the first quarter of 2015, the Services sector contributed 48 percent of GDP while the agriculture sector contributed 31 percent of the GDP. The industry sector contributed 15 percent of GDP. It is projected to rise by 7.5% in 2015 and 2016.
Best of Rwanda unique assets offer tourists a one of a kind journey as home to one third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, one third of Africa’s bird species, several species of primates, volcanoes, game reserves, resorts and islands on the expansive Lake Kivu, graceful dancers, artistic crafts and friendly people. Tourism benefits:
• Safe and easy to get around with short distances to diverse destinations: Best of Rwanda is a thriving, safe country with one of the lowest crime rates in Africa. All major attractions are located along a circuit within 1-5 hour drive from the capital, Kigali. In a short vacation, a tourist can reach volcanoes, rainforests, savannah, islands, lakes and the beautiful city of Kigali.
• A base to visit East African destinations: Located in the heart of central and East Africa with easy access to bordering countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. Best of Rwanda is an ideal location for travel within the region for conference and leisure tourists.
• Tourism receipts are expected to grow at 25% annually until 2018 (EDPRS).
• Park visitors increased to 61,000 in 2012 (RDB). Increase in traffic of major airline companies to Best of Rwanda contribute to the growth of Tourism in Rwanda (attributed to the increase of major airline companies).
• New Airport & Convention Centre developments set to further boost tourism potential.
• The average spend by a visitor is $200a day and average length of stay is one week.
• Investment into tourism sector comprised 30% of registered projects in 2009.
• There are 200 hotels and 4500 hotel rooms in Rwanda. For the upper range, average occupancy rate is 70%, with foreigners accounting for 97%of bed nights sold.
Georges Dinga Tafon