The first Kwita Izina Conservation and Tourism Exhibition kicked off in Kigali on August 27, with Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zimbabwe represented by both private and public sectors and development partners.
Organised in line with the 12th Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming ceremony, the exhibition is taking place at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village where local, regional and international exhibitors are showcasing their products and services until August 29.
The tourism and conservation exhibition is the second event preceding the highly anticipated Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming ceremony, which takes place on September 2 in Kinigi, Musanze district. The aim of the three-day event is to create a platform to raise awareness about Rwanda and other countries’ conservation efforts and also promote the different destinations.
The Rwanda Development Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Francis Gatare, said, “We are delighted to offer all guests the most hospitable welcome to Rwanda, you have all chosen to be part of this very important exhibition because of our mutual interest in sustainable tourism development. This is the first edition of the Rwanda Conservation and Tourism Exhibition but we will continue to organise it and grow with it. We therefore urge conservationists, exhibitors and tour operators from all over the world to participate.”
The Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Board, Belise Kariza, also thanked the exhibitors. “The gorilla naming ceremony is the most important annual national conservation and tourism event on the Rwandan calendar. It is not only a celebration of our conservation success story, but also a hybrid platform of events and a series of activities focused on conservation and sustainable tourism.”
The tourism and conservation exhibition platform intends to renew and enhance contacts for sales and partnerships, get more exposure for countries as tourism destinations, meet and network with various local, regional and international operators and learn and share the most current trends in promoting sustainable tourism.