Could Rwanda become a hot travel destination like Italy, the Bahamas and Thailand? Well, it’s certainly on its way. People from all over the world are flocking to Rwanda for their award-winning gorilla trekking tours, national parks, cultural activities and bird-watching.
In order to keep these tourists coming (and keep the tourists happy), the government is reforming water and sanitation programs to ease visitors’ fears of contracting waterborne illnesses. In turn, Rwandan citizens will benefit, improving their quality of life and reducing the risk of preventable disease.
But what is most impressive is Rwanda’s sanitation efforts, which have improved by 58 percent — 8 percent higher than their original goal. This accomplishment was noted by Yolanda Coombes, World Bank’s Senior Sanitation and Hygiene specialist, who said that improved sanitation can increase tourist revenue receipts, as many potential visitors rightfully fear diarrhea. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently visited Rwanda, noted the country’s successes in overall development efforts.
Between Rwanda’s sanitation reforms and irresistible tourist attractions, it is clear the landlocked nation is on its way to becoming a landmark destination for African travels. If you’re planning on traveling any time soon, consider going to Rwanda. Not only will you have an incredible experience, you’ll help move the country into a brighter, more successful future.
Fighting poverty, supporting development and witnessing gorillas first hand — what more can one ask for from their next big vacation?