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Gorilla Tour Fare No Obstacle as U.S. Tourism to Rwanda Doubles

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Rwanda saw a 114% jump in tourists from the U.S. last year despite doubling gorilla-tracking permit prices to $1,500 each, the country’s top tourism official said.

The East African nation famed for its endangered mountain gorillas sold tickets for $19.2 million last year, compared with $15 million in 2016, when it doubled the cost of a permit, according to the Rwanda Development Board. The number of permits issued fell by almost a third last year, compared to 2016.