Rwanda, “the Singapore or Switzerland of Africa” you can only choose from the two to name it as she derived those names from being calm, clear, clean and in order. As a tourist one has to have a guide for travel on finger tips before they head out to make a visit to Rwanda the renowned Land of a Thousand Hills. This is a small Land Locked country of East Africa with a multiplicity of sceneries, she is blessed with the Volcanic Mountains of Virungas which have the amazing high altitude forests, has a part of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, the cleanest city, the several historical places regarding their old stories of the Genocide, Nyungwe National Park the home of primate species, Lake Kivu which offers great views of beautiful beaches, a variety of hills and mountains and Akagera National Park for wildlife among others.
The new Rwanda is beyond the old one of the history of the late 13th century of the pastoral Tutsi tribes who conquered the agricultural Hutu of Rwanda, ended up creating the primitive Kingdom, later an amalgamated state was set up by King Kigeri Rwabuguri in the 19th century till 1890 when Rwanda was captured as a province of German East Africa.
The Belgium Government later earned the rights to administer Rwanda to Burundi. The Belgian people sponsored the continued governance and supremacy of the Tutsi minority at the expense of the Hutus who in the 1960 s were forced to accept independence under the majority Hutu’s rule which further fueled violence between the Tutsis and the Hutus.
The then Major General Juvenal Habyarimana in the year 1973 headed a nonviolent coup then created a Hutu-dominated military government. Later the sole political party was initiated and it was majorly dominated by the Hutus, random fights recommenced there after around the early 1990 s. the Hutu revolutionaries got armed mercenaries who randomly started a systematic murder of the Tutsis people. About 800,000 people were killed in the events that followed.
However, all these happened in the past and today Rwanda is one of the beautiful East African countries with indescribable beauty which further indicate that all the violence was for the past and now they are in a brand new chapter. This country is a publican now because they expelled the French and this has led to a change in the daily lives of the natives.
Rwanda’s tourism and travel industry therefore is a promising one since it has been growing over years and the industry has in the same manner witnessed unmatched growth throughout the year 2013. The industry also recorded their strongest performances basing on the exports growth just to maintain the position as the highest foreign exchange earner in East Africa. The country has observed several reforms including the business-conducive climate, the tour and travel policies, tourism marketing strategies and infrastructural development plus a high –end travel and tourism strategy. These have amicably contributed materially to the significant growth in the travel and tourism industry of Rwanda, the land of A thousand Hills.
The visa free access to Rwanda for all African Citizens boosts inbound arrivals; the high numbers of these inbound arrivals to Rwanda keep growing even when the international tourists tend to be picky and selective of the destinations they visit.
Conservation of mountain Gorillas keeps generating the highest travel and tourism revenues; Rwanda is a renowned country for its mountain Gorillas and Gorilla trekking is the main attraction for the tourists in this country. The activity has continuously contributed to the nation’s travel and tourism especially through their Gorilla naming event well known as Kwita Izina.