H.E. PRESIDENT ANTON CARAGEA ANNOUNCES ADDIS ABABA S WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
The global tourism institution- European Council on Tourism and Trade decided to extend to Ethiopian capital- ADDIS ABBA the designation of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in recognition of the city inestimable cultural and heritage value and tourism oriented policies.
Among the reasons for crowning the city as a world cultural and touristic hub the European Council on Tourism and Trade enumerated the existence of a vast array of historically and religiously monuments like the former imperial palace hosting today the Ethnographic Museum, the Entoto enclose of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taytu , the cathedrals of Saint George, Holy Trinity, Medhame Alem –the largest cathedral in Ethiopia and the second in Africa etc.
MEDHANE ALEM IN ADDIS ABABA-THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
By this recognition of Addis Ababa as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, the capital city of Ethiopia is added on the world`s list of cities leading humanity into development and using culture and tourism as fundamentals for a better life.
The official ceremonies will be held on February 6th 2019 in the heart of Africa and Africa`s diplomatic capital as Addis Ababa is known and will garner the who`s who`s of the tourism world from the officials of European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy, Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals to the representatives of the government of Ethiopia and the city government of Addis Ababa and main diplomatic representatives.
H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea together with Academician Sahle Work Zewde-President of The federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Acad. Takele Uma Benti-Mayor of Addis Ababa will open the ceremony and present the official certificate of recognition for ADDIS ABABA as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.
In 2019 Addis Ababa will also be marking 550 years as a political center and 130 years since in 1889 the Emperor Menelik II announced the city as the capital of his Ethiopian empire.
The global tourism institution ECTT remarked in the official statement that: Addis Ababa is blending his position in one of the most beautiful regions in the world, with the potential of culture and history patrimony, becoming a true world treasure and without a doubt, one of the most impressive areas of Africa.
The decision of European Council on Tourism and Trade marks the end of a negative period in Ethiopian tourism and restarts the process to promote Ethiopia as a safe, tourist-oriented and perfect destination for the culture and adventure loving tourists.
In January 2019 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed revamped the Ethiopian Tourism Organization and selected a new leadership of the organization and H.E. Academician SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE, President of F.D.R of Ethiopia expressed the nation full commitment to support tourism development and carving a safe destination for tourism and investment in the heart of Africa. We must note that in
In 2015 Ethiopia was selected as World`s Best Tourist Destination by the European Council on Tourism and Trade leading to a historic surge in the numbers of tourists in the country and of tourism-related revenues.
Ethiopia has led African tourism in 2015 with a whopping 2 billion USD in revenues from tourism well ahead of other regional tourism destinations.