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Rwanda’s Tourism Economy up 14 percent in 2018

The travel and tourism economy of Rwanda grew by 13,8 percent in 2018, one of the fastest rates in the world, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector.

In 2018, travel and tourism contributed USD1,4 billion to the country’s economy, an increase of 13,8 percent on 2017. This means that travel and tourism now accounts for 14,9 percent of the total Rwandan economy.

The WTTC research which compares the travel and tourism sector across 185 countries, shows that in 2018 the Rwandan travel and tourism sector:

• Outpaced the global growth rate of 3,9 percent, the African growth rate of 5,6 percent
• Supported 410,000 jobs, or 13 percent of total employment
• Accounts for the equivalent of one in seven Rwandan Francs in the local economy (14,9 percent)
• Is strongly weighted towards international travel: 67 percent of travel and tourism spending came from international travelers and 33 percent from domestic travel
• Was equally balanced between business travelers (48 percent of spending) and leisure travellers (52 percent of spending)

Commenting on the numbers, Gloria Guevara, CEO, WTTC, said, “Rwanda’s travel and tourism story is one of a remarkable transformation. In 2018 at our global summit in Buenos Aires, Rwanda was the recipient of our inaugural Global Leadership Award, for countries which have prioritised tourism development in a way which is sustainable, inclusive and transformative.”