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Private investors to run tourism business in parks

02/05/2013

 

 Jean de la Croix Tabaro

 

Akagera and Nyungwe National Parks, two of the main natural reserves in the country, will soon accommodate private-owned touristic products that can boost tourism business.

This will be possible according to the National Concessions Policy approved by the Cabinet recently.

The concession defines the rights, whether full, restricted, shared or exclusive to conduct tourism activities on business principles in protected areas for a specified period of time.

The concession policy provides a platform for more effective development and management of hospitality services by the private sector, as recommended in the National Tourism Policy.

Speaking to The New Times this week, Rica Rwigamba, the head of Tourism and Conservation at Rwanda Development Board, said the new policy will allow private investors to operate lodges, hotels, restaurants and other commercial tourism activities that aimed at improving tourism business in Rwanda.

“The businesses will adhere to environmental management and land policies in Rwanda because the country would not allow disorder in such important reserves,” she said.

(SOURCE : THE NEW TIMES : HERE)



02/05/2013
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