Tourism on a progressive trajectory since reopening

Tourism on a progressive trajectory since reopening

Countries have been advising their nationals against non-essential travel, but series of tourism spots are slowly easing Covid-19 border restrictions and are allowing visitors back.

Rwanda eased tourism restrictions in June, allowing tourists to flock some of the popular places.

Barely three months down the road, numbers show positive trends for different tourism destinations in the country, including the Volcanoes, Akagera and Nyungwe national parks.

Rwanda eased tourism restrictions on June 17, allowing local and international tourists to visit the country after months of suspension due to Covid-19 and travel bans imposed by countries.

Data from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) show an optimistic picture of slow recovery since the country reopened tourism activities.

During the first month of reopening, only 113 people had visited the mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, and by September the number had reached 1,427.

Nyungwe National park, which features canopy walk and trails had received 30 in the first month, but the number skyrocketed to 595, according to figures from RDB.

Tourists who visit Akagera National Park, home to the big five, has increased to 3,165 between June 17 and September 9, from 750 visitors.

Rwanda, like the rest of the world, has applied a precautionary principle when it comes to opening its borders, allowing tourism to reopen under strict health measures.