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State lauds RwandAir for propping tourism

SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has commended RwandAir for its strides in promoting tourism between Zambia and Rwanda.
Speaking at a dinner gala held at Southern Sun Hotel to celebrate Rwanda’s National Day on Friday, Minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata said RwandAir has provided a vital direct air link between the two sister republics since it opened its offices last year.
“The two countries offer excellent tourism products that the airline can assist in accessing. These tourism products from Zambia and Rwanda will be easily accessed by the tourists looking for variety in packaged tours due to this airline,” she said.
Ms Kapata said RwandAir has effectively improved connectivity and reduced the cost of travel and doing business between the two nations.
“I would like to encourage the airline to continue marketing itself using the two countries’ tourism products for the airline to have a competitive advantage in the airline industry,”she said.
Rwandan Ambassador to Zambia Abel Buhunga said Kagali is a firmer believer in the virtues of regional intergration.
“Rwanda is diversifying its tourism sector and has identified business tourism as one of the priorities where she is positioning herself as a leisure destination but also as a business hub to host conventions, meetings and exhibitions,” he said.
Mr Buhunga said the existing bilateral ties between Rwanda and Zambia coupled with RwandAir’s regular and reliable flights to Lusaka serve as a strong linkage between the people of the two countries.
“My country is extremely thankful to the Government of Zambia for granting RwandAir the freedom to operate within and through Zambia,” he said.
And RwandAir country manager Glyden Mungaila said as part of its expansion strategy, the airline expects the delivery of two more brand new Boeing 737- 800NG to increase the frequency of routes with increased demand and launch more routes on the continent by mid 2016.
“The airline will also introduce two state of the art Airbus A330[300 and 200], the airline’s first wide body aircraft is expected to be deployed on long haul routes in Europe [UK],” she said.

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