Tourism in Rwanda is gaining momentum, and further investments into this booming industry are the only way to ensure it continues to flourish. Kigali City recently unveiled a sightseeing double decker bus in a move that will further improve tourism for the city.
The bus was unveiled by Kigali City Tour Ltd, Rwanda Development Board, and the City of Kigali. The bus has a capacity to serve 200 tourists every day through an itinerary of three schedules called Old Kigali, where tourists are taken through the history of Kigali.
This is a power move considering how the tourism needs of the city are ever-growing. This also means a need to develop new products that complement the growing tourism industry.
Kigali has been rated as one of Africa's best cities and cleanest cities. More people are visiting the city. On average, Kigali is visited by 1.3 million people per year. However, Rwanda still needs to intensify its efforts as regards attracting more and more tourists.
The bus has top-of-the-range services, equipped with a toilet, air conditioner, WI-FI, charging portals for electronic devices and digital screens. International tourists pay $40, while domestic tourists pay $20. Groups have the privilege of being given a discount.
The routine of the bus is as follows: "The morning itinerary includes routes along KBC-Kacyiru-Kigali Library - National Police -Kigali Genocide Memorial site -Kinamba-Nyabugogo Bus Park-Kimisagara- Nyamirambo Stadium-Nyamirambo -Onatracom-Camp Kigali-Serena Hotel-UTC-Kimihurura and back to KBC.
The afternoon itinerary includes KBC-RDB-Nyarutarama-Golf club- Vision Estate in Gacuriro -Kibagabaga-Kimironko-FERWAFA- Amphora Stadium -Gishushu and back to KBC.
The night life itinerary involves KBC-RDB-Nyarutarama-Golf club- Vision Estate in Gacuriro -Kibagabaga-Kimironko-FERWAFA- Amahoro Stadium -Gishushu and back to KBC."
More effort still needs to be invested in improving the tourism sector in Rwanda.
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