It was in the context of the celebration of the 26th anniversary of the Liberation that this application came into being. Called Liberation History Tourism Trail, the new platform will allow users to visualize the course of the Liberation struggle with a specific focus on the various touristic sites involved in the setting of the struggle at various moments.
‘‘Liberation History Tourism Trail’’ contains information on the history and significance of the 44 liberation sites located in six districts of Rwanda. RDB ensures that this information will be accessible not only from within Rwanda but also from abroad. It will be a real means to stimulate national and international tourism. At this time of coronavirus pandemic, Rwanda is developing ways and means to revitalize its tourism sector. And this platform is a real solution to the current situation.
‘‘The Liberation History Tourism Trail’’ retraces the itinerary of the liberation struggle of the Rwandan Patriotic Army from October 1990 to 4 July 1994.
The trail as a tourist product, capitalizes on the growing demand for heritage and cultural offerings as well as the global interest in Rwanda, the history of its liberation as well as its transformation after the genocide.
Eight unique destinations privileged
Eight unique destinations have been identified because of their attractiveness and their ability to quickly develop as a tourist site during the trial period of the application. These are Kagitumba, Shonga, Mulindi, Mukarange, Musanze (Nyamagumba), Urugano, CND and Gikoba.
Commenting on the new mobile application and the new trail, RDB Tourism Manager Belise Kariza said, “The preservation of liberation heritage sites is a national priority not only for the growth of national and international tourism, but also as income generating activities for the communities that supported the troops during the liberation struggle.’’
She added that “this application aims to link Rwanda’s heritage and cultural attractions to the various existing tourism products and experiences”.
Initiated in 2018, the application was carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense and the Rwanda Defense Forces. In addition to the history of the Liberation, it includes additional features such as accessibility, surrounding commodities and booking information.
The application can be downloaded from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
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