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Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ziteguye gukorana n’abikorera mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco

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Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ziteguye gukorana n’abikorera mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco

Posted on 27 June 2015 by peter

Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ziteguye gukorana n’abikorera mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco 

Ikigo cy’ingoro z’igihugu z’umurage w’u Rwanda cyatangije gahunda yo kumenyekanisha ibikorwa byacyo ku buryo buruta ubwari busanzwe. Iki gikorwa cyakorewe ku Ngoro y’umurage y’ i Huye, ku itariki ya 25/6, ngo ni intangiriro yo kwagura amarembo, abikorera babyifuza bagafatanya n’ikigo mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco w’Abanyarwanda.

Nk’uko bisobanururwa na Ivan Twagirashema, umuyobozi w’inama y’ubutegetsi y’iki kigo, ngo gahunda batangije ni iyo gukora ku buryo Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda zimenyekana kurushaho: Ingoro zigere mu bigo by’amashuri, zinyure kuri tereviziyo, … zisurwe na bose, buri Munyarwanda yumve ko umutungo urimo umureba.

Ibi ngo bazanabishobozwa n’uko iki kigo cyahawe abakozi bahagije: bavuye ku mubare wa 18 ikigo cyari cyasigiwe muri reforume yo muri 2006, none ubu bagera ku 109.

Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ziteguye gukorana n’abikorera mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco

Dr. Twagirashema kandi ati “kugira ngo ufite amafaranga abe yakwemera gushora imari mu kintu, ni uko aba afite uko agusanga, kugira ngo yumve ko kwifatanya nawe hari inyungu abifitemo.” Ngo ni yo mpamvu y’uku gutangira kwerekana ingoro z’umurage uko bitari bisanzwe, kugira ngo bimwe mu bihakorerwa bitangire gucuruzwa mu Rwanda no ku masoko mpuzamahanga.

Dr. Twagirashema kandi ati « byose bigakorwa kugira ngo igihugu cyacu gikomeze kugaragara mu bundi buryo, atari ingagi gusa. Iki ni ikindi gishya kigiye kujya kigaragaza hanze ubwiza bw’igihugu cyacu.”

Mu birango byashyizwe ahagaragara, harimo logo nshyashya y’iki kigo. Iyi logo igizwe n’amabara agize ibendera ry’u Rwanda, kandi uwayitegereza yayibonamo byinshi.

Alphonse Umuliisa, umuyobozi mukuru w’ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ati “ikirango gishya iyo ukirebye ubona harimo nk’ikamba ry’umwami, ukabona udusozi, ukabonamo amabara agize ibendera ry’u Rwanda, … ni ikirango gishya kigaragaza igihugu…”

Tugarutse ku bimuritse mu Ngoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda bishobora kubyazwa umusaruro, kimwe muri byo ni amabara agaragara ku rugo rw’ingoro y’i Huye, yifashishwaga n’Abanyarwanda mu mitakire yabo. Ngo haherewe kuri aya mabara, abikorera bashobora kuzajya bakora ibishushanyo, tableau mu rurimi rw’igifaransa, byajya bigurishwa mu mahanga nk’umwimerere w’abanyarwanda.

Kuri ubu, mu ngoro y’i Huye, harimo n’imurika ridahoraho rigaragaza uko ubucuzi bwakorwaga kuva kera cyane mu Rwanda. Ikigaragara muri iri murika ni uko mu Rwanda hari ubutare bushobora kubyazwa ibyuma, urugero nk’amasuka, nk’uko Abanyarwanda ba kera babikoraga. Igisigaye ni uko Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda zakorana n’abikorera, tekinike bazi zikabyazwa umusaruro wateza imbere Abanyarwanda.

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Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony to generate $14m

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Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony to generate $14m

Posted on 15 June 2015 by peter

 

Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony to generate $14m

Rwanda is targeting to fetch at least $14million from the annual gorilla naming ceremony branded as Kwita Izina promotional week.

Kwita Izina activities are scheduled to start on August 28 until September 5. Rwanda wants to popularize the event in low tourism season. Originally, the ceremony was held in June when the region experiences a high tourism season.

“The choice of new date was strategic in balancing seasonal incomes,” says Ambassador Yamini Karitanyi head of Tourism department at Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

According to RDB, Twenty four baby gorillas will be named, an increase compared to 17 and 18 baby gorillas for 2013 and 2014, thanks to the crucial conservation efforts.

Dennis Karera, the chairman of Hotels’ association in Rwanda, also chairman of East African business council said; “We are marketing the event regionally and internationally. Our hotels will be full to capacity that very week.”

Kwita Izina attracts global tour operators, international media, conservationists and other global figures from various fields of work.

According to RDB the average expenditure of a tourist in Rwanda is US$300 per day for hotel accommodation, food, hangout and transport. Other expenses not linked to the hotel are not included in this amount.

Rwanda would earn $ 2.1 million per night if all the rooms are occupied.

Karera also said that with 7000 hotel rooms’ capacity, Rwanda is ready to give the best accommodation ever.

Gorillas earned the country over $ 15 million last year, out of $ 303 million contributed by the whole tourism sector. The target is to increase sector contribution to $ 800 in by 2017.

Kwita Izina and preparatory events are set to reap money straight away and to market the country for future business.

During this period August 28-29th, Rwanda is scheduled to showcase Inka z’u Rwanda the traditional long horned cattle in Eastern province.

“My clients like their elegance and their beautiful horns which they compare to the elephant’s ivory,” said John Kayihura, a Rwandan tourism consultant.

Other activities will include a conservation forum, a photo and business exhibition, a familiarization trip among others.

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Les réserves naturelles de Gishwati et Mukura seront bientôt des parcs nationaux

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Les réserves naturelles de Gishwati et Mukura seront bientôt des parcs nationaux

Posted on 10 June 2015 by peter

Les réserves naturelles de Gishwati et Mukura seront bientôt des parcs nationaux

Le Rwanda envisage de créer de nouveaux parcs nationaux dans le but d’attirer plus de touristes et avoir plus de revenus avec comme objectif de générer 860 millions de dollars.

C’est dans ce cadre que le pays a entrepris la réhabilitation des forêts naturelles de Mukura et de Gishwati, pour conserver la faune et la flore. Ces dernières deviennent une attraction majeure pour les touristes qui visitent de plus en plus le pays des mille collines.

Ces forêts sont situées dans l’Ouest du pays dans les districts de Rubavu, Rutsiro, Ngororero et Nyabihu.

Le gouvernement attend alors dans les prochains mois l’adoption du projet de loi qui va mettre à jour ces réserves naturelle dans des parcs nationaux.

Mukura-Gishwati,attraction naturelle majeure d’hébergement de 60 espèces d’arbres, singes de couleur, singes de montagne, une douzaine d’espèces de chimpanzés d’Afrique orientale etc.

Dr Rose Mukankomeje, DG de REMA a appelé à un soutien public dans la mise en œuvre du projet de réhabilitation de ces forêts. « Le succès de ce projet profitera non seulement aux collectivités locales mais aussi le Rwanda et le monde en général ».

Le Rwanda a lancé le projet de réhabilitation de la réserve à travers les activités communautaires appellees « Umuganda » du 5 juin.

Ces réserves  ont été empiétées par les activités humaines qui ont réduit sa superficie initiale de 250 milles hectares en 1951 à mille hectares actuellement. Ces activités humaines étaient la réinstallation des populations, l’agriculture et l’exploitation illégale des ressources minières.

Selon REMA, grâce à l’approche du paysage pour la restauration des forêts et de la conservation (LAFREC), le Rwanda va augmenter la couverture forestière et la restauration des bois indigènes dans les zones déboisées, selon REMA.

Le pays prévoit de limiter le braconnage et autres activités hostiles dans le parc à travers plusieurs projets. Ces projets seront  soutenus par la Banque Mondiale avec une subvention de 5 ans d’une valeur 9, 530,000$.

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Rwanda targets $860 from tourism

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Rwanda targets $860 from tourism

Posted on 06 June 2015 by peter

Rwanda targets $860 from tourism

A section of Mukura-Gishwati reserve which will soon be upgraded to a National Park status.

Rwanda has embarked on rehabilitation of Mukura-Gishwati natural reserve with the aim of conserving wildlife that is a major attraction to tourists increasingly visiting the country.

Government is also expected in the next few months to pass the bill into law that will upgrade the natural reserve into a full National park.

According to Rwanda Development Board (RDB) which is in charge of tourism, the countrygenerated $ 304.9 from 1,220, 000 tourists in 2014.

Of this, $ 213.43 (70%) was earned from permits paid to see rare mountain gorillas inhabiting the volcanic mountains.

Mukura-Gishwati is a major natural attraction hosting 60 tree species, golden monkeys, blue monkeys, and the mountain monkeys besides a dozen species of East African chimpanzees among others.

Its Located between Rubavu, Rutsiro, Ngororero and Nyabihu, Western part of the country,

Dr. Rose Mukankomeje, the Director General of Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) called for public support in the implementation of the rehabilitation project.

“Success of this project will benefit local communities, Rwanda and the world as a whole,” Dr.Mukankomeje told KT Press.

Rwanda launched the reserve rehabilitation project through public work, umuganda on June 5.

The reserve was encroached on by human activities which reduced it from initial size of 250,000

hectares in 1951 to its current 1000 hectares because of resettlement of people, farming, and illegal mining.

Human activities at the reserve led to devastating soil erosion within the forests and resulted into

severe landslides and floods.

Through the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation (LAFREC), Rwanda will increase tree cover and restore indigenous woodland in deforested areas, according to REMA.

The country expects to limit poaching and other hostile activities in the park through several projects.

“We shall offer livestock population living close to the park,” Emmanuel Mazimpaka, vice mayor for economic affairs in Ngororero district told KT Press.

He added that bee keeping will be introduced. Roads and electricity will be extended to the the park area to improve trade.

These projects covering the reserve’s buffer zone will be supported by World Bank with a-5 year grant worth$ 9.53 million.

After Mukura-Gishwati reserve is upgraded to a National park status, it will be the Fourth national park after Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Akagera parks. With this Rwanda expects to hit $ 860 million target in tourism revenue in 2016.

Source: KT Press

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Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

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Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

Posted on 16 May 2015 by peter

Europe is now able to sample Rwanda’s high quality coffee at the ongoing festival in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. 

The event (May 15-17) has been organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Hague in collaboration with This Side Up (importer of coffee) and Sweet Cup (coffee roaster and retailer).

Ambassador Jean Pierre Karabaranga,Rwanda’s envoy in the Netherlands said, “key industry players and of course many other interested parties will discover and enjoy the specialty coffees from Rwanda.”

“This is an invaluable experience for coffee connoisseurs,” said Ambassador Karabaranga.

Rwanda’s coffee specialties at the festival include; Coko, Iwacu and Rushashi. The country is blessed with particularly good coffee-growing condition volcanic soil and plenty of sun and equatorial mist.

Most of the coffee in Rwanda is grown at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 meters above sea level. Coffee plants flower in September in October and cherries are harvested from March to July.

Rwanda exports more than 3,698.6 tonnes of Coffee annually to mostly China, Germany and United States.

Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

A visitor at the Rwanda Booth Samples Rwanda’s coffee at the ongoing Amsterdam Coffee Festival

The Rwandan booth at the festival, diversity of Rwanda coffee (filter and espresso) can be experienced: three very diverse coffees – Cup of Excellence winning cooperatives and private law mills.

The Amsterdam Coffee Festival in the Netherlands is the event where an innovative subculture of fans experiences coffee, tea, chocolate and food.

Rwanda also is using the festival to court potential investors and coffee retailers. Its attended by more than 5,000 visitors from across the globe.

Lennart Clerkx of This Side Up a firm known for direct marketing of Rwanda coffee says, “I will answer any question about starting and maintaining direct trade relationships with Rwandan coffee producers.”

“Throughout the festival we will hold walk-cuppings and visitors to the booth will be overloaded with everything they want to know about these coffees,” He said.

More than 94 global coffee companies including Rwanda’s –Rwanda Coffee have graced the Amsterdam Coffee festival.

The festival follows the 2014 inaugural edition; it features over 100 artisan roasters, equipment makers, gourmet food stalls and more.

Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

More than 5,000 visitors from across the world attending the coffee festival in Amsterdam in The Netherlands

Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

Visitors at the Rwanda Booth.. interested parties will discover and enjoy the specialty coffees from Rwanda

Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

The Amsterdam Coffee Fest features over 100 artisan roasters, equipment makers, gourmet food stalls and more

Source: KT Press

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Nyamagabe: Urugaga rw’abavoka mu Rwanda rwasuye urwibutso rwa Murambi

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Nyamagabe: Urugaga rw’abavoka mu Rwanda rwasuye urwibutso rwa Murambi

Posted on 05 May 2015 by peter

Urugaga rw’abavoka mu Rwanda rwasuye urwibutso rwa Murambi, mu rwego rwo kwibuka ku nshuro ya 21 jenoside yakorewe abatutsi muri Mata 1994, kandi bakanibuka bagenzi babo bari abavoka bazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi.

Nyamagabe: Urugaga rw’abavoka mu Rwanda rwasuye urwibutso rwa Murambi

Kuri uyu wa 30 Mata 2015, urugaga rw’abavoka bo mu Rwanda bagera hafi 200 basuye urwibutso rwa Murambi mu gikorwa cyari kigamije kwibuka abavoka bazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi no kwibuka muri rusange ku nshuro ya 21 abatutsi bazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi.

Uhagarariye urugaga rw’abavoka mu Rwanda, Athanase Rutabingwa yatangarije Kigali Today ko uyu munsi bibuka bagenzi babo bazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi ariko bakirebera n’ubwicanyi budasanzwe bwabereye I Murambi.

Nyamagabe: Urugaga rw’abavoka mu Rwanda rwasuye urwibutso rwa Murambi

Yagize ati: “twahisemo kuza hano kuko abenshi bari batararugeraho, ikindi rufite amateka manini cyane, aha abantu ubugome bwakorewe abatutsi, akaba ariyo mpamvu twahisemo kuza aha twibuka abavoka baphuye ariko tureba n’ubukana bwari buhari icyo gihe bicaga abatutsi.”

Abitabiriye baganirijwe amateka yaranze icyahoze ari Gikongoro, perefegitura yarifite abatutsi benshi kandi ikarangwamo n’ingengabitekerezo aho abatutsi batangiye kwicwa no gusenyerwa muri 1963 ndetse n’ubwicanyi bw’I Murambi bwahitanye abatutsi barenga 50,000.

Nyuma yo kugeza amateka yaranze Gikongoro ku b’abavoka, umuyobozi w’akarere ka Nyamagabe Philbert Mugisha yashimiye igikorwa bakoze kandi yihanganisha ababuze ababo.

Yagize ati: “turihanganisha imiryango yabuze ababo, bahoze ari abavoka kandi tuzi twese ko bagiraga uruhare rukomeye mu gutanga ubutabera, tukihanganisha n’abandi muri rusange babuze ababo, tunabashimira ko mwasuye uru rwibutso rwa Murambi rufite amateka yihariye.”

Iki gikorwa akaba ari igikorwa ngarukamwaka urugaga rw’abavoka ruhuza abavoka bose bo mu gihugu bagasura inzibutsi kandi banibuka abatutsi babazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi.

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Rutsiro: abaturage Basaba ko hakubakwa urwibutso rw’abakoze impanuka bajya kwibuka ku kirwa.

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Rutsiro: abaturage Basaba ko hakubakwa urwibutso rw’abakoze impanuka bajya kwibuka ku kirwa.

Posted on 01 May 2015 by peter

Rutsiro: abaturage Basaba ko hakubakwa urwibutso rw’abakoze impanuka bajya kwibuka ku kirwa.

Imiryango y’abakoze impanuka mu kiyaga cya Kivu mu mwaka wa 2010 bagiye kwibuka abazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi muri Mata 1994 ku kirwa cya Nyamunini bakaza kurohama mu kiyaga cya Kivu, irasaba ko bafashwa kubona urwibutso rw’abo barohamye mu mazi.

Ibi babitangaje tariki ya 28 Mata ubwo mu karere ka Rutsiro bibukaga ku nshuro ya 4 abo bakoze impanuka y’ubwato bwarohamye abantu 20 bakitaba Imana, bakaba ngo basanga aho bashyinguwe hagomba gushyirwa urwibutso.

Rutsiro: abaturage Basaba ko hakubakwa urwibutso rw’abakoze impanuka bajya kwibuka ku kirwa.

Kageruka Emmanuel utuye mu murenge wa Musasa iyi mpanuka yamutwaye umugore we n’umwana akaba anahagarariye imiryango y’abakoze impanuka yagize ati” turasaba ko abacu bazize impanuka ubwo bari bagiye kwibuka abazize jenoside twabibuka ariko tukanabubakira urwibutso rufatika kuko aho bashyinguwe hatameze neza tukaba dusaba ubuyobozi bw’akarere kudufasha kurwubaka”

Rutsiro: abaturage Basaba ko hakubakwa urwibutso rw’abakoze impanuka bajya kwibuka ku kirwa.

Gaspard Byukusenge umuyobozi w’akarere ka Rutsiro wari waje kwifatanyan’imiryango yagize ibyago  yavuze ko bazi ciyo kibazo cy’urwibutso kandi ngo ruzubakwa vuba kuko bamaze no kubyemeza.

Ati”mu byukuri tuzi ko tuzatunganya ahashyinguwe abazize impanuka mu mazi kandi twamaze kubishyira muri gahunda kandi ndizera ko mu kwa 7 cyangwa mu kwa munani tuzatangira kurwubaka kandi ntibigoye ku buryo byazadufata igihe”

Muri uyu muhango wo kwibuka abaguye muri iyo mpanuka habanje guturwa igitambo cya Misa nyuma hashyirwa indabo ku mva zishyinguwe mo abitabye Imana.

Impanuka yabaye tariki ya 07 Mata 2010 ikaba yarahitanye abantu 20 mu bantu basaga 200 bari bagiye kwibuka abatutsi biciwe ku kirwa cya Nyamunini, abitabye Imanamuri iyo mpanuka bakaba bashyinguye mu irimbi rya paruwase ya Congo Nil mu murenge wa Gihango.

Ubu mu rwego rwo gufata mu mugongo imiryango y’abakoze impanuka ubuyobozi bw’akarere bwahaye inka buri muryango.

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Northern corridor renews tourism bid

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Northern corridor renews tourism bid

Posted on 30 April 2015 by peter

Northern corridor renews tourism bid

Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda, that are part of the East African Community and whose three members constitute the Northern Corridor Integration Projects initiative are reviewing their joint tourism marketing programs.

The focus will be on attracting more international leisure and business visitors; continuing to position the East African region as a single tourism destination, drawing on the depth and diversity of the attractions within the region and offering an estimated 141 million people as an attractive market for investment.

Joint tourism marketing brings together the government and private sector agencies in charge of tourism marketing including Rwanda Development Board’s Department of Tourism and Conservation, Kenya Tourism Board and Uganda Tourism Board under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects Initiative.

Speaking during a press briefing in Kigali after a joint consultative meeting, Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, the Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Boards said that the partner states collectively considered issues like security, infrastructure and ease of access as central to ensuring domestic, regional and international visitors’ confidence in their personal safety and comfort when touring East Africa.

“We have pledged to continuously and actively promote the Northern Corridor states as a joint destination. Security and ease of access and tourist confidence remain a top priority for this destination.

As you know, we introduced the East Africa Tourism Visa last year and this already has had an impact. In addition to organizing joint events at fairs, we have organized travel trade and travel media trips for the groups to familiarize them with the offering.” she said.

Fiona Ngesa, Assistant Regional Marketing Manager at the Kenya Tourism Board indicated that the region remains a very safe destination for every tourist and that Kenya was addressing the security situation.

“We want to reassure our domestic, regional and international visitors that they will be safe and secure. We are open for business & we therefore encourage all to come & sample the diversity of our tourism products.”

Edwin Muzahura, the Marketing and PR Manager at the Uganda Tourism Board said “We are in a unique region that has a lot to offer and at least regionally, we are taking advantage of it.

There has been an increase in inter regional trade and tourism as a result of use of the interstate passes, the East Africa Tourism Visa and the IDs. Northern Corridor Initiative

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Nyabihu: Baributsa Minisiteri y’Umuco na Sport gusohoza amasezerano ya miliyoni 65 yabemereye

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Nyabihu: Baributsa Minisiteri y’Umuco na Sport gusohoza amasezerano ya miliyoni 65 yabemereye

Posted on 17 April 2015 by peter

Nyabihu: Baributsa Minisiteri y’Umuco na Sport gusohoza amasezerano ya miliyoni 65 yabemereye

Hashize imyaka irenga 5, mu karere ka Nyabihu basezeranijwe na Minisiteri y’umuco na Sport Miliyoni 65 z’amafaranga y’u Rwanda zo kurangiza urwibutso rwa Mukamira. Uhereye Minisiteri yayabemerera kugeza ubu, ngo ntirasohoza amasezerano kandi barayibukije kenshi. Ni nayo mpamvu hasozwa icyunamo bahisemo kongera kuyibutsa iki kibazo,mu ijwi ry’uhagarariye IBUKA mu karere ka Nyabihu Juru Anastase.

Nyabihu: Baributsa Minisiteri y’Umuco na Sport gusohoza amasezerano ya miliyoni 65 yabemereye

Juru avuga ko hashize imyaka irenga 5 bemerewe na MINISPOC ayo mafaranga. Avuga ko  icyo gihe ari Joseph Habineza wayoboraga Minisiteri y’umuco na Sport,akaba yari yaje kwifatanya nabo mu  kwibuka,ari nabwo yabemereraga ayo mafaranga yo kurangiza igice cya kabiri cy’urwibutso rwa Mukamira.

Nyuma yo kurangiza igice cya mbere cy’uru rwibutso,aho urwibutso rwavuguruwe neza,rugasigwa amarangi,rukazitirwa,rugashyirwamo amakaro ku gice kimwe,hagakorwaho indi mirimo myinshi itandukanye ku bufatanye bw’akarere n’abaturage kuri ubu hategerejwe ko Minisiteri y’umuco na Sport yasohoza amasezerano ngo hanubakwe igice cya kabiri cy’uru rwibutso(Phase II).

Nyabihu: Baributsa Minisiteri y’Umuco na Sport gusohoza amasezerano ya miliyoni 65 yabemereye

Juru akomeza avuga ko mu kuvugurura urwibutso,imirimo yarukozweho yatwaye amafaranga miliyoni zirenga 70 ku bufatanye bw’akarere n’abaturage .

Kuri ubu bakaba bategereje inkunga MINISPOC yabemereye yo kubaka icyiciro cya kabiri “Phase II” y’uru rwibutso,nubwo bamaze kuyandikira kenshi bayibutsa ariko akaba nta gisubizo barabona.

Juru avuga ko icyiciro cya kabiri cy’uru rwibutso cyakubakwa, kizaba kigizwe n’inzu y’amateka,icyumba n’ibiro,amakaro azashyirwa ku gice cyo hejuru ahashyirwa indabo mu gihe cyo gushyingura mu cyubahiro cyangwa kwibuka,ibirahuri mu mpande z’urwibutso,amakaro muri kave ku gice gishyingurwamo mu cyubahiro imibiri y’abazize Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi ndetse hakazubakwa n’ubwiherero n’akazu k’umuzamu,kuko uru rwibutso ntabyo rwagiraga.

Iyi mirimo ikaba yahita ikorwa mu gihe Minisiteri y’umuco na Sport yaba ibahaye inkunga ya miliyoni 65 yabasezeranije nk’uko Juru abivuga.

Urwibutso rw’akarere ka Nyabihu rukaba ruherereye mu murenge wa Mukamira,akagari ka Rugeshi,umudugudu wa Kazuba.Kuri ubu rukaba rushyinguwemo mu cyubahiro imibiri y’abazize Jenoside 2074.

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Rwanda's Tourism Sector grabbed massive Americans 2014

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Rwanda’s Tourism Sector grabbed massive Americans 2014

Posted on 16 April 2015 by peter

The United States is the largest contributor to Rwanda’s tourism revenues, accounting for 20% of the total revenue.

The immigration office says 1,220,000 visitors were received in 2014, compared to 1,122,000 visitors hosted in 2013, corresponding to a 9% increase (98,000 visitors).

In 2014, of the total number of visitors, 24,488 were Americans, followed by India with 13,008 visitors, then United Kingdom with 12,320, Belgium with 8,733, and 8,228 Germans on the fifth spot.

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) says the country generated$304.9 million in 2014 from tourism, compared to$293.6 million in 2013, representing an increase of 4%. These revenues increased from $62 million in 2000.

Apart from being the safest spot for vacation in Africa, wildlife sight-seeing, especially gorilla and bird watching, and conferences draw the biggest portion of the revenues. The country hosted 19,085 conference visitors, compared to 15,441 in 2013, earning $29 million.

Georgianne Nienaber, an American author and regular visitor to Rwandatold KTPress that “Americans realize thatRwanda is one of the safest places to vacation in Africa. More and more tourists will come.”

Rwanda's Tourism Sector grabbed massive Americans 2014

Georgianne on Canopy Walk in Nyungwe forest

Tourists enjoy the variety of landscapes, the other wildlife, and especially the birds, Nienaber says. “Americans are big bird enthusiasts.”

Payments for gorilla permits accounted for 70% of this year’s tourism revenues worth$213.43 million, RDB says. A foreigner pays $750 to visit mountain gorillas.

Being home to two thirds of the world’s mountain gorillas aggressive conservation efforts in the last 10 years have helped breed 179 mountain gorilla infants, usually cerebrated and given names during the Kwita Izina ceremonies, inspired by the Rwandan baby naming tradition following the birth of a new baby.

Global figures such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Rick Warren have participated in the event.  Last year, over 500 international guests participated.

Meanwhile, the country targets generating $860 million from tourism by 2016, but analysts say the target is a little too ambitious and may not be attained due to different shortfalls, especially in the quality of services.

“When you look at Rwanda’s tourism growth in a regional perspective, a lot needs to be done,” said Joseph Opondo, a lecturer at Rwanda Tourism University.

“There should be more efforts in improving services like hospitality in different sectors of this country,” he said.

Rwanda's Tourism Sector grabbed massive Americans 2014

An encounter with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Rwanda.

Rwanda's Tourism Sector grabbed massive Americans 2014

tourists trekking in one of the forests in Rwanda

Source:KT Press

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