H.E. Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda, was presented with the 2017 World Tourism Award for visionary leadership today, 6 November 2017, the opening day of World Travel Market London at Excel Centre.
The World Tourism Award for Visionary Leadership was presented to H.E. Paul Kagame, in recognition of “his visionary leadership though a policy of reconciliation, sustainable tourism, wildlife conservation, and economic development attracting major hotel investment, resulting in the remarkable turnaround that has led to Rwanda’s rise as one of the leading tourism destinations in Africa today.”
Inaugurated in 1997, the World Tourism Awards were established to recognize “individuals, companies, organisations, destinations and attractions for outstanding initiatives related to the travel and tourism industry, and in fostering sustainable tourism and developing programmes that give back to local communities.”
The Award ceremony was followed by a reception and a special performance by the Rwanda National Ballet, Urukerereza.