Rwanda is looking at getting more India tourists to visit the East Africa country and is taking a number of steps to ensure the same said Anny Batamuriza, Director General, New Dawn Associates and Executive Member, Tourism Chamber, Rwanda Private Sector Federation at the travel trade show OTM Mumbai being held in the city currently.
Rwanda also signed an agreement with the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) at OTM Mumbai to the effect. TAAI Treasurer and Tourism Council Chairman Jay Bhatia and Batamuriza were the signatories for the agreement signed in the presence of Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda.
Talking about Rwanda as a tourist destination Batamuriza said that Rwanda was the safest country in Africa. She added that her country wanted to focus on promoting Rwanda s a film tourism destination in India to spread awareness. “Rwanda’s natural landscape and various amenities make for ideal spots for shooting films. We shall conduct various interactions in that regard shortly,” she said.
As of now, it takes 24 hours to process the Rwanda visa. One could also take a multiple entry East African tourism visa that is valid for 3 months for visiting Rwanda along with Kenya and Uganda if one wishes.
Also on cards is a a direct flight between Rwanda’s capital Kigali and Mumbai in September 2016. It will be operated by Rwand Air, Rwanda’s national air carrier.
Musafir Namah Bureau