Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has revealed that visiting the mountain gorillas has greatly contributed to increased revenues to the country which has helped in increased development in the country. The agency reported an increase in the number of people who come for gorilla trekking in Rwanda as the major tourism activity that brought them to the tiny country within the heart of Africa. Known more the bad reasons (the 1994 Rwanda Genocide) the once disturbing the country has reported a steady economic recovery since the Rwanda Patriotic Forces took over power in Rwanda. As a result, the country has seen increased investments, as well as earnings which are got from mainly agriculture and tourism. Today tourism revenues have increased by 11% compared to the same period last year.
The tourism sector is estimated to have generated a lot of money which is compared to the other periods. Rwanda has also assured the tourists willing to come for gorilla safaris that the country has got tight security that is ready to protect them.
Mountain gorilla trekking is mostly done in volcanoes national park and this protected area has over 350 mountain gorillas and many other species of wildlife including birds. Rwanda’s tourism progress is also attributed to peace and security since visitor safety is guaranteed as usual. The country is safe and secure to travel to and within the country. Rwanda is blessed with magnificent scenery, amazing climate, and rare mountain gorillas; peace and security continue to be a magnetic pool for visitors in Rwanda.
Rwanda has hosted many visitors in the past years and they have increased even in these years, some of these are business tourists, leisure tourists, and those who come to visit friends and relatives. Rwanda has greatly marketed and promoted the mountain gorillas to the outside countries of the country. This has helped in increasing the number of people who are willing to come for gorilla tracking safaris to Rwanda. The tourism sector has also registered many projects which have been geared to conserving and preserving the mountain gorillas.
The revenues of the tourism sector have greatly increased and also the visits and their values of registered tourism investments have also increased and helped in increasing the number of jobs for the people of Rwanda. Rwanda’s tourism and conservation efforts are also reflected in the commitment to the contribution towards the local communities through revenue sharing. Rwanda has also got many accommodation facilities like hotels and lodges which have always accommodated the tourists when they come for gorilla tracking tours to Rwanda.