The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has revealed plans to grade 30 more hotels in the country by the end of 2013, following the start of the exercise last year.
Using the East African Community’s guidelines for grading and classification of hotels and other hospitality businesses, RDB is reportedly committed to play their part in ensuring that standards and quality of tourism establishments in Rwanda are uplifted to match if not exceed those of their neighbors in the East African Community.
Presently only the Kigali Serena Hotel and the Nyungwe Forest Lodge owned by DubaiWorld hold the coveted 5-star ranking, while a number of other Kigali hotels were graded as 4-star properties, as was the Lake Kivu Serena.
Those already graded will also undergo a fresh audit to ensure that standards established at first inspection will have been maintained to ensure continued high ranking, also giving them the opportunity to attain a further star, should improvement made over the past two years warrant such a decision.
New hotels currently under construction such as the Marriot Hotel Kigali and New Century Hotel are expected to be in the five-star category, and will give stiff competition to the Kigali Serena, which will only serve to boost the country’s tourism sector.
Rwanda’s tourism had predominantly been focused on Gorilla trekking, but that is now changing as Hiking is now a regular activity in Nyungwe Forest, Gishwati Forest, and along the Congo-Nile Trail. Bird-Watching has become an important additional niche as well.