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Welcome to Remarkable Rwanda

final-RWANDA-MAPRwanda is a landlocked country situated in Central Africa. Also known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda has five volcanoes, twenty-three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the River Nile. The country lies 75 miles south of the equator in the Tropic of Capricorn, 880 miles ’as the crow flies’ west of the Indian Ocean and 1,250 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean – literally in the heart of Africa.

Rwanda is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.

Rwanda is politically stable with well functioning institutions, rule of law and zero tolerance for corruption. The World Bank’s 2013/14 Global Competitive Index Report ranked Rwanda as the most competitive place to do business in East Africa and 2nd in Africa.

Rwanda is an attractive market of over 11 million people with a rapidly growing middle class and its location as part of the East African Community (EAC) provides access to the burgeoning East African market of over 140 million people.

The Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions and Exhibitions/Events (MICE) tourism sector has been identified by the Government of Rwanda as providing a clear and long-term opportunity to diversity and grow Rwanda’s export strategy. In the past few years the destination has been developing infrastructure and renovating existing facilities for tourism and conferencing in the country. Through this lens Rwanda has attracted much foreign investment in the sector.

Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, is preparing to unveil the new US$ 300 million Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) due to open in mid 2016. Positioned on a hilltop in the heart of Kigali near Parliament, the development is set to become one of the most recognized modern structures in Africa.

Just 20 minutes from the city centre, the Kigali International Airport upgrade has been recently completed; the expanded airport can now handle 1.5 million passengers annually (from its previous capacity of 600,000 passengers).

The nation’s flag carrier, RwandAir, is one of the fastest growing airlines on the African continent connecting to business hubs in East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, the Middle East and Europe, positioning the country as a strong contender for growth in the MICE tourism sector.

Rwanda offers participants a unique experience in an African country that is modern, exceptionally clean and safe. In addition to showcasing the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy incredible pre and post tours and to experience the country’s unique flora and fauna – undoubtedly Africa’s best-kept secret.

Increasingly recognized globally as a politically stable country as well as for its sound macro-economic progress and immense strides in conservation practices, remarkable Rwanda is a wonderful environment in which to combine business with pleasure. We would be delighted to welcome you and your event.

Key Facts

Rwanda is the natural choice for MICE travel based on:

  • Superlative infrastructure and telecommunications capabilities
  • Easy air access and a streamlined visa process
  • High levels of safety and little traffic congestion
  • An exceptionally clean country
  • An array of iconic tourism attractions in close proximity

Time Zone                             Central African Time (CAT) – GMT +2 hours

Size                                        26,338 square kilometers

Population                            11.46 million

Capital City                           Kigali

Major Economic Sectors     Tourism, mining and agriculture

Local Currency                     Rwandan Franc

Foreign Currencies             All major currencies are accepted

Local Languages                 Kinyarwanda, French

Official Language                English

President                               H.E. Paul KAGAME

Telephone Country Code  +250 (telecommunications among the best in Africa)

ICT                                          High speed 4G LTE wireless broadband

Climate                                  Temperate all year round (24 – 27 degrees Celsius)

Rwanda is an ideal all-year round destination

Kigali city hub is ideally positioned to allow delegates the opportunity to easily experience an incredible offering of pre and post-convention tours exploring Rwanda’s remarkable natural and cultural attractions.

The ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda boasts undulating green landscapes of hills, Africa’s largest protected rain forest, volcanoes, coffee and tea plantations. It is home to one third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, fourteen species of primates, one third of Africa’s bird species, three National Parks (one of which is a big game safari park), resorts and islands on the expansive Lake Kivu, graceful dancers, artistic crafts and the most friendly of people.

Rwanda has a rich culture that includes captivating music and dance, a growing contemporary art industry and wonderful crafts including pottery, basketry, painting, jewelry, woodcarving and metalwork. A window into Rwanda’s history is provided by the many memorial sites and museums preserved around the country. A number of Community Based Tourism experiences offer travellers the opportunity to experience the destination’s rich cultural life.

Rwanda’s highlights:

  • Home to 1/3 of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorilla population in Volcanoes National Park
  • 4,507 meters to the top of the highest volcano
  • 4,000+ hectares of bamboo forest
  • 1,000+ hills
  • 700+ bird species and 7 Important Birding Areas
  • 151+ animal species
  • 14 species of primates including mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, golden monkey and more
  • Home to the 1 and only canopy walkway in East Africa – some 70 meters above the Nyungwe Forest floor
  • 227 kms of breathtaking Congo Nile Trail

July

  • 11: Kenya-Rwanda Business Forum
  • 09-13: Africa Pharmaceutical Students’ Symposium
  • 21-24: South to south learning exchange workshop on financing climate compatible development
  • East African Pan-African Movement Congress

September

  • 06-07: Africa Hotel Investment Forum
  • 26-30: Apie Expo
  • 24-28: Africa Driven Purpose

October

  • 27-02: Southern African Broadcasting Association
  • 05-06: East African Congress of ACP Press Clubs Federation
  • 19-21: Transform Africa
  • 28-30: Pan-African Trade Union International Conference

November

  • 02-05: Interpol AGM
  • 19-20: Safety in African Aviation Summit
  • 26-27: High Level Dialogue on Democracy , Human Rights and Governance in Africa

July

  • 11: Kenya-Rwanda Business Forum
  • 09-13: Africa Pharmaceutical Students’ Symposium
  • 21-24: South to south learning exchange workshop on financing climate compatible development
  • East African Pan-African Movement Congress

September

  • 06-07: Africa Hotel Investment Forum
  • 26-30: Apie Expo
  • 24-28: Africa Driven Purpose

October

  • 27-02: Southern African Broadcasting Association
  • 05-06: East African Congress of ACP Press Clubs Federation
  • 19-21: Transform Africa
  • 28-30: Pan-African Trade Union International Conference

November

  • 02-05: Interpol AGM
  • 19-20: Safety in African Aviation Summit
  • 26-27: High Level Dialogue on Democracy , Human Rights and Governance in Africa