9 February 2013

Rwanda: ICT Minister Urges Hotels to Offer Broadband

On Friday, the ministry of youth and ICT (MYICT), the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), internet service providers and hoteliers met to assess how clients in hotels can access the broadband Internet connection.

"When hotels get the broadband it will improve the way they deliver services. Clients need to communicate by using the internet, especially tourists who visit the country regularly," ICT Minister Jean-Philbert Nsengimana said. "When the internet issue is resolved in hotels, the number of their clients will be increased. We urge hoteliers to use broadband as a basic service in hotels, and ISPs to reduce the price of the internet connection which will help them to get more customers."

Nsengimana said that broadband access for hotel guests should be part of the criteria of a good hotel, and pointed out that the whole country is covered by Internet broadband which Hoteliers should exploit.

The RDB's head of Tourism and Conversation, Rica Rwigamba, added that when hotels use this broadband it'll help them value the service they offer to clients.

Participants agreed to carry out a campaign in March to raise awareness about the use of high-speed Internet access in hotels across Rwanda.

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