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Creating pro-poor linkages around Rwandan tourism

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Abstract: This paper summarizes findings of a study by SNV-Rwanda and ODI: pro-poor analysis of the Rwandan tourism value chain. The aim was to make strategic recommendations to the Rwanda Tourism Board (ORTPN) for increasing the benefits to the poor from tourism growth in Rwanda. Results show that creating economic linkages around tourism and sharing the benefits more widely are important policy objectives. Different product mixes and business operating models will affect how many poor people participate in the tourism economy. Rough estimates are that an annual flow of around 17,000 upmarket business tourists in Kigali generates around $1.5 million per year in income for ‘poorish’ households: semi-skilled and unskilled workers, food producers, and artisans. Income from hotel employment and food sales is roughly equal. Around 13,000 annual tourist visits to Parc National des Volcans (PNV) and Musanze area generates around $1 million per year in income for a wide range of poor workers and producers. It is recommended to: (1) work on the food supply chain to hotels, lodges and restaurants to boost product quality and volume, and help poor farmers access this market; (2) assist poor households to access training, employment and promotion in hospitality; (3) pilot practical initiatives to help businesses enhance their own ‘inclusive business’ models; and (4) partner with domestic and international tour operators, lodges and hotels, conference organizers, artisans and farmers to provide a range of cultural experiences, shopping opportunities and handicraft products.
Corporate author(s): SNV Rwanda , Overseas development institute (ODI)
Country: Rwanda
Category: Policy
Keywords: tourism , income , poverty
Language: eng
Organization: SNV - Netherlands Development Organisation
Place: [Kigali etc.]
Publisher: SNV Rwanda [etc.]
Year: 2008
Region: Africa South of Sahara , East Africa
Right: © 2008 SNV Rwanda and ODI
Subject: Economic Development and Trade
Title: Creating pro-poor linkages around Rwandan tourism