By Our Reporter
Each year since 2012, local communities, conservationists, safari tourists, and tourism industry players eat, drink and mingle during Red Rocks Intercultural Centre’s Cultural Tourism Week, which takes place in Nyakinama village, Musanze district.
Now in its fourth edition, the one-of-a-kind Cultural Tourism Week has brought about positive gains to Musanze communities by using tourism as a tool for conflict resolution, organisers say.
Perhaps this explains why the tourism department at the Rwanda Development Board recently endorsed this annual event as a curtain raiser for Kwita Izina, the annual baby gorilla naming and conservation ceremony. This year’s Kwita Izina will take place on September 2.
“We are enthralled with the endorsement… It means that together with our partners, this year’s event can even be bigger and better, offering something for everyone,” said Greg Bakunzi, founder of the Musanze-based Red Rocks Intercultural Centre.
Activities within this year’s week-long event, which will run from August 26 and end on September 2, will include different cultural music performances, the Yoga Gorilla Camp, conservation debates, and more, according to organisers.
During the event, participants, communities and exhibitors will have a chance to discuss the future of conservation and tourism. In addition, attendees will be regaled with testimonies from locals that have directly or indirectly benefited from the event since its inception in 2012.
However, the Red Rocks Intercultural Centre knows that it can no longer do it alone as the event has grown into something bigger than the organisers had anticipated. So, in a bid to make this year’s event more memorable and successful, the centre is looking for partners to work with.
“By being part of the Cultural Tourism Week, our partners will get the unique opportunity to connect with the local community, increase their brand awareness and show their organisations’ support of an important cause: promoting Rwanda’s cultural tourism and conservation,” Mr Bakunzi told Travel News Rwanda.