first_imgRwanda Calling 2015, an initiative of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), aimed at enhancing trade, tourism and investments into the country, held its International Business Forum recently at the Lemigo Hotel, Kigali.Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) led the 15 member delegation, which consisted of businessmen and investors from diverse sectors such as tourism, education, healthcare, manufacturing, trading as well as communications and information technology.The highlight of the Conference was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Rwanda Tours and Travel Association (RTTA) and OTOAI. Sahni, signed on behalf of OTOAI, while Joseph Birori, Chairman, signed on behalf of RTTA.Birori remarked, “This MoU will help in marketing Rwanda as a must -visit tourist destination in India, which we expect to significantly increase number of tourists from the country.”Birori was of the opinion that the agreement will enable Rwanda to tap the huge Indian market and help improve the sector’s foreign exchange earnings.Sahni added, “Rwanda is an attractive country with its natural resources. Our members will work with you to encourage more Indians to visit Rwanda.”Faustin Karasira, Head, Tourism Department, RDB said, “We want to penetrate the Indian market, especially by targeting business tourists. Besides, when more Indians visit the country, they will recommend Rwanda to their friends and business partners, which will help us to tap investors for the tourism and hospitality industries.”Clarence Fernandes, the Mumbai based Representative of RDB said, “We are indeed delighted to bring in the first ever familiarisation tour from India, which consists of top producing outbound tour operators, including Kuoni, Thomas Cook, Kesari Tours, Urvi Tours, Akbar Travels, Harshil Travels, Weldon Travels and High Flyers.”“Actually showcasing a MICE event, Rwanda Calling 2015, to these MICE planners, alongside with the various attractions that Rwanda has to offer, has given our travel and tour partners a firsthand experience of the destination and we do believe that it is now only a matter of time, before we shall be able to see tangible results of this FAM tour organised in collaboration with Kenya Airways – the Pride of Africa.”last_img

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