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.

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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.

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