You might wonder what the land-locked East African state of Rwanda and the Seychelles, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, have in common. Both are part of Africa, of course, but beyond that there would seem to be little to link them. In fact, although both states are culturally diverse with their own unique attractions, they both have stunning national parks and the opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. This means there is opportunity for them both to benefit from the other’s experience in promoting tourism.
The appointment of a new Rwandan High Commissioner to the Seychelles in 2012 sparked discussions on how the two countries can work more closely in a number of areas.
This includes cooperation in a number of areas of tourism and culture. Until recently, the Rwandan tourism industry has been limited due in part to the nation’s turbulent past. But in recent times Rwanda has entered a new era of political stability and optimism. For tourists there are new options such as gorilla trekking organised by operators like steppestravel.co.uk, and these and the parks surrounding the Virunga volcanoes have contributed to boosting its popularity as a holiday destination.
The Seychelles, on the other hand, have over many years developed a tourism industry to become a major part of the islands’ economy. The islands offer a wide range of hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. They also have a range of attractions, from national parks to galleries and water sports. Even so, the country is constantly looking for new ways to promote itself and improve its performance as a holiday destination.
The partnership with the Seychelles will allow Rwanda to learn how to develop its unique attractions, including gorillas, hot springs and national parks, building on the Seychelles’ experience of promoting its own nature reserves. This will help Rwanda to turn itself into an attractive and appealing destination. The Seychelles minister for tourism and culture believes that the two countries will be able to learn from each other’s experiences in attracting visitors from around the globe. By working together, they can help to celebrate the wide diversity of cultures and natural wonders that exist across the African continent.