ORTPN

AcronymDefinition
ORTPNOffice Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux (French)
ORTPNRwanda's Office of Tourism and National Parks
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Results are therefore likely to be useful to various stakeholders that include the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN), Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA), Rwanda Agricultural Board and Rwanda Office for Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN).
Some respondents had already been trained by ORTPN and NGOs in bamboo production through women cooperatives.
ORTPN recently received $3.5m from USAid to work with communities in and around Nyungwe so they can have their share of the benefits that tourism brings.
ORTPN's recruitment policy is centred around employing people from the areas of national parks in order to create employment.
One of the central planks in ORTPN's tourism-diversification programme is Nyungwe National Park, 980 square kilometres of hilly jungle-cloaked terrain in the country's southwest, on the border with Burundi and the DRC, and surely one of the undiscovered gems of African environmental tourism.
Given this avian richness, it's unsurprising that birding has become a focus for ORTPN. "In the past, our message was very generic--come and visit Akagera National Park, come and visit the Virunga, come and visit Nyungwe," says Rugamba.
ORTPN is clearly well aware of the need to develop Nyungwe, but it's wisely taking things slowly.
With this in mind, ORTPN is looking for other attractions around Nyungwe.
ORTPN has attracted several foreign donors and Rugamba recently announced that it's now self-sufficient--one of the few public institutions in Rwanda that no longer depends on government funding.
In 2004, the average length of stay was around four days, but by the next year, it had already jumped to seven days--the level that ORTPN had hoped to reach by 2010.
This process has been helped along by ORTPN. "We've targeted specific tour operators from specific countries," Rugamba explains.