The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH carried out a three-day familiarization trip, from August 7-10, to promote cultural tourism in the Kivu Belt area of Rwanda.
The trip was conducted under the theme "Discovering the Richard Kandt Trail". Richard Kandt was the first German colonial resident of Rwanda during the colonial era. The trail leads to different sites that mark important stages of Kandt's life.
The trip was organized with the intention of rising awareness about this new tourism product. The Richard Kandt Trail can easily be combined with already existing tourism attractions in Rwanda.
The three-day trip takes visitors to a number of tourist spots, including: golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park, visits to a Community Based Tourism Enterprise (CBTE) in Karongi district, the Museum of Environment in Karongi, Richard Kandt's former residence in Shangi, and a trip to Nkombo Island in Lake Kivu.
The representative of the Rwanda Chamber of Tourism and coordinator of the Kivu Belt Destination Management Unit (DMU), Henry Mugweri, also commended the organizers of the trip. He believes that the trip will create exposure for the tour operators and bring tourists to the region. "I find the Richard Kandt Trail is a valuable addition to the beautiful Kivu Belt Destination and the familiarization trip was a great opportunity to also give exposure to some of the tourism products available.”
"We believe more efforts in the development and upgrading of tourism products will contribute not only to the increase of what Rwanda offers to the tourists, but also to the growth of the nation's economy. The Richard Kandt Trail was developed in partnership with the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda and Rwanda Development Board to increase the number of tourism activities in terms of historical and cultural tourism," said Jean Bosco Kubwimana, Tourism Advisor at GIZ Rwanda and Head of the Regional GIZ Office in Rubavu.