Diner en Blanc is a global event that comprises an all-white out door pop-up picnic. It is celebrated by over 15,000 people in various cities of the world. Rwanda – a re-known destination for gorilla safaris, chimpanzee trekking and wildlife safaris is proud to have been the pioneer of such great event in Africa in 2012 – something it has maintained for the three years now.
On 10th august 2014, Kigali now among the four African countries that celebrate this event opened the doors for over 585 people from round the world together with their fanfare alongside Mike Kayihura – Jazz Musician and DJ Pius. The participants were a cross section of neighboring Uganda, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Ivory Coast United States and the Netherlands; some of which were on safari in Rwanda.
This can be seen as a great move by Kigali city to repaint its picture in the eyes of Rwanda safari undertakes who have always regarded it as a slow entertainment scene. This event is also a rich contributor to the Rwandan economy in that is pulls a sizeable market for local proprietors like tailors, retailors, restaurant operators, and transport operators to mention but a few. Also importantly, the event is a move that opens up chances to boast event venues which are in turn frequented by those on Rwanda safaris.
Diner en Blanc event is by no means ordinary and can be considered as significant to nations like Rwanda as it can be capitalized on to popularize attractions like wild gorillas and other services in Rwanda. This eventually increases gorilla trekking safaris, chimpanzee trekking and wildlife safaris to Rwanda. This is always done through performing arts and promotions such as last year Akagera Aviation promotion, this year’s trip to Ruzizi lodge in Akagera commemorating its 80 year existence, dinning encounters in Mille Collines among others.
In addition to revenue generation, the event widens the scope of leisure and recreation in Rwanda thus providing extra products to clients on gorilla safari trips. It also helps in branding Kigali city as a modern city and the eventual growth of MICE (Meetings Conferences Incentives and Events) which would definitely diversify Rwanda safari products.
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