Rwanda Tourism News Bulletin and Story Leads – September

Friends and aficionados of The Land of a Thousand Hills aka Rwanda, here are some more good news to share …

Hot Story Leads for September

The following are some newsworthy journalistic leads from the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) for our qualified professional media partners.

For more information about any story or to schedule an interview, contact:
David Brown, Rwanda Tourism EAC Marketing Press Liaison / d.brown

KigaliUP Nurtures Local Musicians in Quarterly Event

The second installment of the SoundCheck series will be an open air jam session at Kempinski’s Hotel des Milles Collines featuring local Rwandan musicians and a special “mystery guest star” from Nigeria.

  • 20 September 2014 / 18h00 until late / Kempinski Hotel des Milles Collines
  • Follows the successful 4th Annual KigaliUp Music Festival that took place in July
  • The event adds to Rwanda’s growing reputation in Africa as a music and culture hotspot
  • The series is designed as a platform to support and promote independent artists from Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Featured music has included folk, blues, world music, hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz and gospel
  • “Mystery” featured artist to be revealed September 15
  • Event after party hosted by local DJ

Interested Audiences:

  • Culture
  • Music
  • Arts
  • Human Interest
  • Features

Available Interviews

  • Kate Uher, Event Organizer – KigaliUp
  • Rwandan Musicians (contact us to arrange)

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Kigali to Host 400 of the World’s Top Thinkers on International Trade

Small businesses, sustainable development to dominate September’s World Export Development Forum to be held in Kigali.

  • 16-17 September 2014 / Kigali
  • Hosted by the Government of Rwanda/Rwanda Development Board and the International Trade Center
  • 400 representatives to attend from governments, trade support institutions, and businesses
  • A dozen sessions programmed to focus on practical solutions for trade-led development
  • Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum to run parallel to connect investors with high-growth, women-led businesses
  • Event bolsters Kigali as a hub for global meetings and events

Interested audiences:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions and Exhibition (MICE) Travel

Available Interviews:

  • WEDF Event Planner
  • Eusebe Muhikira, Head of Rwanda Development Board Trade and Manufacturing Department
  • Frank Murangwa, Rwanda Development Board Meetings & Conventions Manager

Official Release Available Here

Gisovu Opens in Nyungwe Park, Boasts ‘the Furthest Source of the Nile’ and Rwanda’s Largest Chimpanzee Population

Easily accessible from Kigali, Gisovu becomes another “must-see” location for visitors to Rwanda.

  • Nyungwe Parkk is home to approximately 400 chimpanzees, the largest population in Rwanda. Gisovu, 
  • In addition to several wild chimp communities, there is a currently semi-habituated group in Gisovu
  • The Gisovu Tea Estate is situated at an altitude of 7,500 feet above sea level, on the edge of Nyungwe Forest and close to the furthest source of the River Nile. The estate has ideal growing conditions for producing some of the finest teas in the world so are highly sought after for their brisk, flavor and exceptional quality.
  • Visitors can also hike one of the many trails ranging from easy self-guided to moderate or challenging hikes where guides are recommended. The region is ideal for spotting some of the 86 mammal species, 14 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift

Interested audiences:

  • Wildlife
  • Geography
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Tea Plantations/Commodities

Available interviews:

  • Leonidas Gatete, Rwanda Development Board, Community and Cultural tourism Officer
  • Ildephonse Kambogo, RDB Tourism Warden of Nyungwe National Park
  • Mr. Surender Jhijaria, Manager of Gisovu Tea Estate


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‘Red Rocks’ Offers Visitors An Insight Into Rwanda’s Cultural Traditions

Located 7 km from downtown Musanze, the hostel and cultural center offers overnight guests and day uniquely authentic experiences

  • Surrounding villages have partnered to offer experiences such as  school visits, Kinyarwanda lessons, basket weaving, brewing banana beer and volcano trips
  • There is a human element to the Northern Province that is often glossed over by the great love the world has for the mountain gorillas. The unique type of cultural tourism that Redrocks offers visitors to the region can give teachers of traditional Rwandan knowledge a means of survival in a swiftly transforming world.
  • Through this new type of business model, Red Rocks is offering meaningful exchanges between locals and travelers, through young Rwandans and their elders, and between the past and present.
  • Red Rocks has partnered with Amahoro Tours to help the center reach a broader audience

Interested audiences:

  • Culture
  • Social responsibility
  • Travel philanthropy
  • Agro-tourism

Available interviews:

  • Gregory Bakunzi, Managing Director of Amahoro Tours
  • Ingabire Henriet, Community Representative of Red Rocks Intercultural Center


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