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Rwanda wins top accolade at a global tourism awards

Edouard Ngirente at the Global Summit of the World Travel & Tourism Council in Argentina

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Rwanda has bagged the World Travel and Tourism Council’s inaugural Global Leadership Award for its efforts to put tourism at the centre of economic and social development.

The award, received on behalf of the country by Prime Minister, Edouard Ngirente, was presented at the Gala Dinner of the 2018 WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 19.

The WTTC Global Leadership Award will be an annual award which recognises countries which have not only prioritised travel and tourism but have put sustainability at the heart of the sector’s development.

“Much of the world has heard about Rwanda, but mostly about its troubled history. In 1994, it was the setting for one of the worst genocides in our lifetime. But since then the country has gone from bordering on a failed state and a real-world cemetery to one of the most remarkably transformed countries in Africa, if not the world,” said WTTC President & CEO, Gloria Guevara.

Rwanda now welcomes a million tourists a year, with travel & tourism representing 13% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product and 11% of employment.

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