Cape Town eager to ink tourism deals with Ethiopian cities

Published on : Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cape Town eager to ink tourismThe Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille (DA), has expressed readiness to form sister city agreements with various cities in Ethiopia for mutual benefit in the tourism sector.


Cape Town and Hawassa, the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, located about 270 kilometres south of here, have already inked a sister city agreement last year.


Lille told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) here Monday that Cape Town was keen to create links and share best practices with Ethiopian sister cities to market the two countries’ natural and historical tourist destinations.


“We need to engage more with each other and share best practices. As brothers and sisters of Africa, we need to work together because we can only make progress possible when we are together and not separate,” she added.


Lille also called on Ethiopians to utilize the ample business opportunities available in Cape Town and promote their country’s tourist destinations for South Africans as a whole and Cape Town in particular.


In a related development, the South Africa Minister of Economy and Tourism, Alan Winde, said his government was striving to promote business-to-business co-operation with Ethiopian cities.


“We are looking to improve trade relations between the two countries. But first we need to create strong bond in the tourism sector,” Winde said.


Cape Town, the 10th most populous city in Africa and a home to 64 per cent of Western Cape Province’s population in 2014, is famous for its sightseeing.


Ethiopian Airlines launched its direct service to Cape Town last week with the inaugural flight touching down at Cape Town International Airport last Tuesday.

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