Kwita Izina nominated for global UNWTO award


(Posted 12th December 2013)

Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual festival of and for the gorillas, held every year in June in Kinigi, outside Musanze, at the entrance to the Volcanoes National Park, has emerged as Africa’s only nominee for the coveted UNWTO Ulysses Awards in the category of UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance.

Rwanda is competing with two other nominees, the Interactive System of Tourist Information, Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship (Poland) and the Responsible Tourism Project at Kumarakom, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala (India).

The winners will be announced during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held on 22nd of January 2014. The Award Ceremony, organized for the first time in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, is one of the several events organized by UNWTO within the framework of FITUR for next year’s event.

The UNWTO Awards Ceremony will be followed by the UNWTO Knowledge Network Symposium on 23rd of January 2014. The Symposium will showcase the projects of the winners of the UNWTO Awards in the different categories. It will further include keynote speeches by the 2013 UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Lifetime Achievement laureates (awardees to be announced shortly) and a high level panel on knowledge management in tourism and on how to improve knowledge flows within the tourism community.

Congratulations to The Land of a Thousand Hills – the hopes and best wishes of Africa will be with you to bring back a global award to our continent. For more information on Rwanda visit or and details of the UNWTO award scheme can be accessed via UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

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