According to WEF report, Rwanda is the 9th safest country globally for tourists

According to WEF report, Rwanda is the 9th safest country globally for tourists

According to the latest biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Rwanda is the 9th safest country globally for tourists.

The World Economic Forum ranked 136 countries in its report with one section focusing on safety, where Finland is the safest country in the world for holidaymakers.

The UAE and Iceland came in second and third place, respectively, while Oman took fourth place, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore and Norway in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Switzerland came in eighth, Rwanda ninth and Qatar completed the top 10 under the safety and security pillar which considers aspects such as: business costs of crime and violence, reliability of police services, business costs of terrorism, index of terrorism incidence and homicide rate.

Rwanda is promoting the Meetings Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) initiative and, Frank Murangwa, the head of Rwanda Convention Bureau – under which the initiative falls – at the Rwanda Development Board, says the ranking is a “vote of confidence in the country.”

Murangwa said: “This is a vote of confidence in our country to continue to do the right things, especially focusing on economic development. And MICE, being one of the key drivers for economic development, will continue to flourish.

“The first question all meeting planners ask before they choose a destination for their events is whether the destination is safe. Hence this ranking is a statement of confidence in us as a country.”

Major events Rwanda is set to host this year include the Transform Africa Summit in May, the Youth Connekt Summit in July, and the Africa Hotel Investment Forum.

Under the same WEF ranking, super powers, including the United Kingdom and U.S. are languishing far behind in 78th, and 84th places, respectively.

As Rwanda joined the global community in celebrating World Tourism Day, last September, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) indicated that the number of visitors to the three major national parks, Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park, and Volcanoes National Park have “impressively increased” and revenue incentives also matured.

Total revenue generated in 2014 alone was $305 million and it is projected to grow at a rate of 25% until 2018.