Nyungwe National Park Selected for Global Award

Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park has actually made it to the top seven from Africa short-listed for this year’s 2013 World Travel Awards.
The award follows the previous year’s (2012) British Guild of Travel Writers’ Global Award which the park obtained for its endeavors to harmonize tourism, agricultural community plus wildlife as well as one of the last remaining rainforests in Africa.

Nyungwe was nominated together with Kalahari Game Reserve ( found in Botswana), Etosha National Park (found in Namibia), Kruger National Park (found in South Africa), Kidepo National Park found in Uganda, Masai Mara National Reserve (found in Kenya) as well as Serengeti National Park (found in Tanzania).

Talking with The New Times, the other day, the acting CEO of Rwanda Development Board, portrayed optimism that Nyungwe would actually win the esteemed worldwide award.

Akamanzi said that it’s not initially time that Nyungwe National Park to be acknowledged for its wealthy biodiversity; in 2012 this park won the international Award for the British Guild of Travel Writers. It is because this park concentrates on preserving the environment as well as promoting tourism at the same time”.

The Nyungwe Nziza project which means Beautiful Nyungwe was designed to strengthen environmentally-friendly tourism within and close to Nyungwe National Park.

Black and White Colobus monkey

This rain forest national park is among the richest and very diverse Eco-systems in the world as well as dwelling to 25 % of primates species in Africa, and almost 300 bird species, making up one of the very oldest as well as most rarefied high altitude wildlife habitats in eastern plus central Africa.

The awards:
World Travel Awards was set up in 1993 to recognize, reward as well as celebrate excellence throughout areas of the tourism sector.
The award winners are voted by personal travel professionals as well as consumers internationally. In accordance with the World Travel Awards website, 2012’s winners were elected by people from more than 170 nations.

Annually, World Travel Awards cover the world with a number of local gala ceremonies that are staged to identify as well as celebrate individuals plus combined successes with every key geographical area.

All local winners then vie in final voting to participate in who takes the supreme award in the tourism plus travel industry.

The continental ceremony will be held in Nairobi on 16th October, as the grand finale is scheduled for 30th November, in Doha – Qatar.

In 2012, the tourism industry of Rwanda made $281.8m (approximately Rwf178 billion) in comparison to $251.3m (approximately Rwf159 billion) the year before, a rise of 17 %, in accordance with the 2012 statistics from the Rwanda Development Board.