Rwandans and Tanzanians can now begin enjoying touristic packages with ease following an agreement signed between Rwanda Tours and Travel Association and the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators.
The development came as a result of a Business to Business (B2B) networking in tourism event held in Kigali on Wednesday aimed at expanding the opportunities in tourism sector where the people of the two countries can be facilitated to consume tourism products.
Sirili Akko, the CEO of Tanzania Association Tour Operator, said that the networking between the two associations will not work to compete each other but to make sure they complement each other and help the citizens of the two countries to cross the borders, visit and learn new things.
The arrangement is also seen as an effort towards regional integration because it will waive VISAs among the citizens and allowed them to start visiting the new places in regional countries.
“We have realized a huge number of citizens who showed their interests in domestic tourisms and got limited when it came to crossing the orders, but the networking is going to guide the interests of the domestic tourists, ”Caroline Namatovu The Vice Chair person of RTTA said.
Domestic tourism is usually dominated by foreigners and thus need for more campaigns to change the mindset of the people in the East African region.
Director General of Rwanda Tourism Chamber, Alliera Kageruka, said that domestic tourism is is growing and bringing in more revenues for operators and hopes to see an increase.