Published on : Saturday, March 25, 2017
In order for Ethiopia to benefit from tourism, the country’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has stressed the need to pay attention to institutional capacity-building and development of tourist destinations.
Ethiopia had a huge potential in tourism but the country had not benefited much from the sector, the PM said while addressing the Ethiopian Tourism Transformation Council, which held its fourth regular meeting in Addis Ababa recently. The PM also chaired the council.
In order to secure the desired benefits, attention should be given to institutional capacity building and development of tourist destinations, he said, as cited by Bernama News.
He added that it was essential to encourage the private sector to undertake the building of hotels, lodges, recreational areas and other infrastructure for tourists.
The premier criticized the Ethiopian Tourism Organization for not presenting the study it was assigned to prepare on ways of motivating investors and instructed it meet the next deadline set.
Culture and Tourism Minister Dr. Hirut Woldemariam said collaborative efforts would be made in the future as the sector needed the integrated co-operation of stakeholders.
The meeting also stressed that due attention should be given to preserving Ethiopia’s heritage and tourist destinations by developing, protecting and introducing them.