Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) – Ethiopian Tour Operators Association (ETOA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Indian counterpart enabling the two to work together.

A delegation led by State Minister of Culture and Tourism, Tadelch Dalecho visited India in this month of February. In a press conference organized on Thursday in relation to the visit, Ethiopian Tour Operators Association President, Fitsum Gezahegn said the delegation has gained important experiences during its stay in India.

During the visit Ethiopian Tour Operators Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Indian counterpart that would enable it to work together in tourism and help the flow of more tourists from India to Ethiopia.

Over 10 million Indian tourists visit various parts of the world every year, out of which 1.5 million flow to Africa, he said, adding Ethiopia’s share is low.

The agreement between the associations would help increase Indian tourists’ flow to Ethiopia, Fitsum said.

According to ERTA, Public Relations Director with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Awoke Tenaw for his part said a foundation stone was laid during the visit to build Ethiopian tourism and culture center in India. He said the center would help promote Ethiopian culture and tourist destinations.

Indian Tour Operators Association President, Subash Goyal on the occasion commended the attention Ethiopia has attached to the tourism sector. He said Ethiopia has a potential to gain maximum benefit from the sector, stressing the need to do more to promote its tourist destinations. He also expressed his Association’s interest to support in this regard.