London, 6 November 2017

President Kagame has received the The World Tourism Award, organized by the Bradford Group. Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor and world-renowned travel expert, hosted the Award presentation.

This is the first time a Head of State will receive this Award in sustainable tourism.

President Kagame received the Award in recognition of his visionary leadership in sustainable tourism, wildlife conservation, and economic development that has been achieved through making bold decisions in conservation, investing in major infrastructure and attracting the right tourism investments making Rwanda an attractive destination for visitors and investors.

Accepting the award, President Kagame thanked the organisers on behalf of the people of Rwanda, saying the award recognises Rwanda’s efforts to promote sustainable tourism.

“We have been working hard to protect our natural environment while building the infrastructure for our visitors and citizens. Growth in this industry has proven to be a driver of shared prosperity because we ensure that Rwanda-ns benefit directly. These good results have been possible because #Rwanda-ns have made a mindset shift from dependence to dignity and self-reliance. This is why for example former poachers are today the most dedicated protectors of wildlife. We are also finding ways to multiply Rwanda-s connections with the rest of the world which is what this award represents.”

This year, Rwanda was awarded as Africa’s leading destination at the World Travel Awards in a ceremony that was held in Kigali.