Rwanda ties with TAAI, TAFI
The East African country, Rwanda will work with TAAI and TAFI to showcase its tourism potential to travel agents, especially with direct Rwanda-Mumbai flights from this September.
The Rwanda Tourism Chamber has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) as well as the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) to promote the destination in India. The presence of a sizeable delegation from Rwanda that was visiting India for the first time, led by H.E. Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda, New Delhi showed how serious the country is in tapping this market.
Rwanda Tourism Chamber is an integral part of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation. It signed an MoU with TAAI on February 18 during OTM Mumbai in the presence of Jay Bhatia, Treasurer and Tourism Council Chairman of TAAI, and Marzban Antia, Vice President of TAAI. Later that evening, Rwanda also signed a MoU with TAFI during its event ‘Remarkable Rwanda’ in the presence of TAFI National President Zakkir Ahmed, Anny Batamuriza, Vice Chair of Rwanda Tourism Chamber, and Linda Mutesi, Tourism Marketing Division Manager, Rwanda Development Board.
Bhatia explains, “We are going to promote bilateral tourism between India and Rwanda through education, workshops, roadshows and fam trips. We will be guiding them on how to increase numbers, what they need to do for that, how they can increase MICE volumes, and advise them on what Indians look for in a destination.” Rwanda Chamber of Tourism will work with TAAI to promote tourism in both countries.
Ahmed says, “The idea is to see how to increase tourism from India to Rwanda and the other way round. We will now be working out a plan with Rwanda. At the moment, the travel trade in India does not have enough exposure to Rwanda and what it has to offer. With the soon-to-start direct flights from September, we are sure the numbers will increase both ways.” RwandAir will be coming into India for the very first time with four weekly flights from Mumbai to Dar-esalaam and Dar-e-salaam to Kigali. Rwanda is trying to acquire flying rights to connect Mumbai with Kigali directly on RwandAir.