Rwanda is the third greenest country in the world, according to World Travel Guide, an international travelogue for tourists and adventurous travelers.The small east African country was ranked among top 20 world greenest places for 2015, which s set to boost its already surging tourism sector.
The WTG released a list seen by APA on Thursday of 20 destinations in the world that are on the path to environmental enlightenment from self-sufficient villages to pioneering national parks.
Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, Yamina Karitanyi, head of Tourism and Conservation at Rwanda Development Board, said that the ranking provides confidence to travelers who want to venture to Rwanda that they will â€œget value for their money.
In Rwanda we have much more to offer to tourists beyond the national parks, we have beautiful green scenery and thousands of hills that are covered by trees. We are very proud of this because we have a very good model that matches urban development with environment protection,he said.
If you are visiting Rwanda on the last Saturday of the month, then you better pack a litter picker. Why? Because your trip will coincide with Umuganda (Community work), a day of national housekeeping when every citizen including the president – goes out to clean the country he added.
According to the Travel Guide, Rwanda has excellent eco-credentials and the country has banned plastic bags making it one of the cleanest nations on the planet.
Thanks to its conservation efforts, Rwanda’s endangered mountain gorillas are thriving, and there are also plans to reintroduce lions and rhinos to Akagera National Park later this year,says the continental guide.
Rwanda hosted a total of 1.22 million visitors in 2014, compared to around 1.1 million in the previous year, an annual increase of 97,000 visitors.
Visitors from the US topped the list at 24,488, followed by India at 13,008 visitors, the United Kingdom with 12,320, Belgium with 8,733 and Germany, 8,228.
Costa Rica scooped top position on the list of greenest destinations, followed by Ecuador, Rwanda, Uruguay, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Pitcairn Islands, the Isle of Eigg of Scotland, Bhutan, Sweden, Australia, Copenhagen, Chumbe Island in Tanzania, Britain, Iceland, Canada Azores Islands in Portugal and Portland, Oregon in that order.
article by Star Africa