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ICTP congratulates Rwanda for simplifying entry procedures

ICTP congratulates Rwanda for simplifying entry procedures ( HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia - From 2013 onwards, Rwanda will open up its tourism export market by eliminating visa requirements for African nationals. Coupled with its online visas for all foreign visitors and its existing biometric-based entry for Rwandan citizens, this illustrates the country’s overall approach towards e-government and smart visa policies.

Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), said: “This is clearly part of Rwanda’s leadership vision in which tourism is a central element in the socio-economic development of the country. It’s right in line with ICTP’s vision of streamlined border controls and will help open up Rwanda’s great national parks which I experienced firsthand last year when attending its unique gorilla naming ceremony.

“ICTP is particularly pleased to have the Rwanda Development Board as a member of its council. We look forward to working with them to position these initiatives in the overall African green growth transformation and the worldwide movement for easy travel to create jobs.”

The Rwanda Development Board is a Council member of ICTP, Rwanda is a destination member.

For more information on activities of the Rwanda Development Board, go to:


The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. ICTP engages communities and their stakeholders to share quality and green opportunities including tools and resources, access to funding, education, and marketing support. ICTP advocates sustainable aviation growth, streamlined travel formalities, fair coherent taxation, and investments for jobs. ICTP supports the UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN World Tourism Organization's Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and a range of programs that underpin them. ICTP has destination members in Anguilla; Aruba; Australia; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean; China; Croatia; Cyprus; Ecuador; Egypt; (The) Gambia; Georgia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Jordan; Kenya; Korea (South); La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malawi; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; (The) Netherlands; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands (USA Pacific Island Territory); Romania; Sultanate of Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Philippines; Portugal; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean); St. Kitts; St. Lucia; Sudan; Swaziland; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad&Tobago; Uganda; USA; Yemen; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

For more information, go to: .

MEDIA CONTACTS: International Coalition of Tourism Partners, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Chairman, Phone: +1-808-566-9900, ; Geoffrey Lipman, President, ; Marie-Julie Chaput, Membership Liaison,

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