Rwanda Set to Host World Travel Awards 2017

The World Travel Awards were introduced in 1993 to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence across all key industries of travel, tourism and hospitality sectors. The categories of awards therefore cover airlines, travel agencies, car hire companies and hotels. Currently, the World Travel Awards trade mark is acknowledged both regionally and internationally as the absolute landmark of the sector excellence. World Travel Awards celebrates its 24th anniversary year in 2017! Its annual programme is popular as the most distinguished and comprehensive in the global sector. Annually, the World Travel Awards also cover the globe with its grand tour, series of regional gala ceremonies to acknowledge excellence within each continent, resulting in a grand final at the end of the year. World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are described as “milestone” events in the industry calendar. It is attended by the industry’s key decision makers and figure heads as well as key trade and consumer media. The programme, its winners and its sponsors are often represented internationally on social media, with fresh daily content featured on 6 platforms and in 10 languages including mandarin, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. In 2017, the World Travel Awards grand tour features regional ceremonies in the Asia and Australia (Shanghai, China), Europe, Middle East (Dubai), Africa and Indian Ocean (Rwanda), North America and the Caribbean (Turks and Caicos) Latin American (Riviera Maya, Mexico). Regional winners then compete head to head in the corresponding world categories. The winners shall be announced on the night of the World Travel Awards Grand Final in December, 2017.

Following this year’s annual celebrations, Rwanda is set to host the World Travel Awards (WTA), with the African Gala Ceremony 2017 which is set to take place in the nation’s first growing capital Kigali on 10th October. It is the first celebration of its kind to land into the land of a thousand hills! Rwanda is such remarkable landlocked nation that is popular not only for its cleanest city, safety, warm welcoming people but a nation for visitors to also find the most sought after mountain gorillas. Exploring this small nation is worth as it offers visitors with life changing experiences.  Surprisingly, World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke also added that it “it will be great honor for World Travel Awards to visit Rwanda for the first time in this year.”

There are only 3 countries in the world where the rare mountain gorillas are conserved and surprisingly, Rwanda is one of them (others include Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo). Besides gorillas, Rwanda is also proud to be a home to most splendid sceneries, powerful waterfalls, untouched tropical rainforest and mighty Virunga Mountains as well as other rare biodiversity. It is therefore a great opportunity for Rwanda to prove its position to world as Africa’s rising star tourist destination. It is not doubtable that this small nation has time and again turned to be a place of choice not only for international travelers but also Meetings, Incentives, Conference and exhibition travelers given the best MICE infrastructure and wide range of tourist attractions that are available in Rwanda.

Government is therefore dedicated to work with World Travel Awards so as to make the event go on successfully. The World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony, 2017 will be hosted at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre, a 5 star facility that offers the first class convention centre in Kigali, Rwanda and it is one of the acknowledged modern facility in Africa with also accommodates up to 5000 delegates and many more. This hotel contains over 292 rooms and suits pamper guests, visitors to this hotel should expect private balconies, deep soaking tubs, flat screen satellite televisions and complementary high speed wireless internet. There are 2 on site restaurants including one with all day dinning, serve up continental and Rwandan favorites and not to forget lounge bar that provides the city’s widest array of drinks and selected international wines. Additional amenities are a 24 hour health club, committed concierge team, tennis court, swimming pool and a sum of 18 meeting rooms. That said the voting for the World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony will end on the 21st August 2017 and for any further information visit The full list of nominees can be sighted at

In conclusion, it is an incredible opportunity for Rwanda to host the World Travel Awards African Gala Ceremonies as it offers a chance for other nations to get to know what this country holds for the world in terms of its travel and leisure industry. Rwanda is a home to several attractions some of which include the rare mountain gorillas and other big game that are worth exploring.