Community Tourism

TESFA For Ethiopia

Mequat Mariam Community guest house (Photo: TESFA Tours) -

By Daniel Kibsgaard, The Reporter Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - TESFA, which also means ‘hope’ in Amharic, is a tour operator unlike any other in Ethiopia because of its unique vision of ‘community tourism.’  The organization has pioneered the concept since 2004 when it was founded as a largely Ethiopian venture, derived from the work of SOS […]

Tourism saving the environment

Bedilu Shegen of ESTA

The USAID-funded Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Alliance (ESTA) aims to enhance biodiversity conservation and economic development through sustainable tourism products, services and other opportunities throughout destination regions of Ethiopia. Capital Ethiopia talked to Bedilu Shegen, Country Director. Capital: Can you tell me about ESTA and what it does? Bedilu Shegen: First of all let me try to explain ESTA. […]