WHY RWANDA NEEDS TO DEVELOP DOMESTIC TOURISM
Tourism world over has been recognized for being a significant contributor to the national economies of a range of states and has been termed as an invisible export. Besides its capacity to generate employment, decrease poverty, stimulate human development and promote environmental sustainability, the tourism benefits are far beyond the listed with others generated through linkages and multiplier effect bringing along all-round growth.
The destination Rwanda is credited for having recognized the significance of tourism development and as a result, a favorable environment has been presented for it to spur including Rwanda gorilla Safaris and tours.
Rwanda has depicted immense commitment to tourism sector promotion evidenced in her efforts to market the Rwanda Safari products, engaging the private sector, tourist infrastructure development and improving the destination’s business climate via relaxing tourist Visas among other aspects. As a result of this effort, the tourism sector is apparently among the fast growing service industries in Rwanda with great possibility for diversification and further expansion.
However, it can be noted that even though the tourism curve of Rwanda is still positive and the destination positioning world over is rising steadily, the need to tap into domestic tourism cannot be ruled out. Domestic tourism is by all means a stronghold to development of a sustainable tourism sector as it enhances diversity and economic stability.
Creating an environment where the natives take up Safaris in Rwanda is such a strategic move that would ensure continuity of the same even when the global economies might not be fairing well to enable International travel. Besides that, domestic tourism is itself an educational process where the natives can get to learn more about the environment which can in turn facilitate conservation.
Domestic tourism brings people closer to natural endowments in their own land of birth stimulate their appreciation of these aspects while the socio-cultural interaction enhances interconnectedness, facilitates social development and cultural continuity.
The range of Rwanda tour products including the Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes, the towering Virunga Mountains, the montane forest of Nyungwe with its counts of Chimpanzees, wild game in Akagera and the culture and heritage encounters in Butare, Kigali and Nyanza are all interesting and worth visiting by both local and international travelers.