GREGORY BAKUNZI – CEO/FOUNDER RED ROCKS RWANDA
Over the past years, I have gained experience working as a Rwandan tour organizer and guide for various international tour operators. My professionalism and reliability, along with my exceptional understanding of the needs and desires of international visitors, have gained me renown among clients and respect among the members of local communities. I am a co-founder and president of the Ruhengeri Community Eco-Tourism Association, a local association of people collaborating to enhance
tourism development in Rwanda.
I rely on a network of contacts in the area, all of whom are happy to take part in my project. With my experience, know-how, and contacts, I am able to make your bespoke visitor experience memorable, while also benefiting the locals as much as possible. I work with an experienced and highly motivated local staff team responsible for client contacts, as well as tour development and facilitation. I achieved great honor and milestone when it was awarded a certificate for being a TOP 100 mid-sized company for the year 2012/2013. The certificate was presented by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Business Excellence Awards.
My philanthropic efforts have also not gone unnoticed. I molded Red Rocks Rwanda to be community-based organizations, where the local community can gain from tourism activities, and in the process, have a sustainable income. Red Rocks brings under-served communities into the tourism supply chain and supports community development projects that help people help themselves through our initiatives (http://redrocksinitiative.
In August 2015, my name was added to the A-Team for Wildlife ‘Wall of Fame’ for my contribution during their Giving Grid Fundraiser. A-Team is an organization that fights to save endangered species of animals.
In 2015, on the occasion of the 36th edition of the International Tourism Fair of Madrid (FITUR), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), FITUR and Casa Africa jointly organized the 7th edition of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) on 21 January 2016 in Madrid, Spain. I was invited as a panelist in the second roundtable and shared with the audience his
experience on the topic, Africa-The future is now. I have been recognized by several Rwanda based organizations for his efforts in promoting responsible tourism and his community development agenda.
In January 2019, at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, an event that was organized jointly by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), FITUR and Casa Africa.
I was awarded in recognition for Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development activities to promote tourism, conservation and community development in and around the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. Recently I was appointed by the African Tourism Board to be in their steering committee representing the interest of African members on the platform.