Two new U.S. Supported Eco-Friendly Community Tourism destinations open in Central Rift Valley

(L-R) Ato Sisay Getachew, Tim Ogborn (Senior Vice President, Counterpart International), Bedilu Shegen, The Honorable Wezero Fetiya Yusouf, Abu Jarso (Batu City Tourism and Culture Head), Cullen Hughes (Photo: US Embassy in Addis Ababa) Press Release Ziway, Oromia– Two new U.S. government supported tourism destinations were inaugurated today in the Oromia Region.  Through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Alliance (ESTA) project with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the new community-based tourism sites in Lephis and Ziway are now […]

Ecotourism dev’t key for economic growth: Ethiopian scholar

Dr. Mulugeta Fesseha (Photo: WIC) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) – An Ethiopian scholar and researcher at the Addis Ababa University (AAU) underscored the need to give due attention for ecotourism development in Ethiopia. In an exclusive interview with WIC today, Dr Mulugeta Fisseha, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Science at AAU, said Ethiopia needs to focus on ecotourism to […]

Book: “The Fundamentals of Community Based Ecotourism Development in Ethiopia”

Ecotourim1-219x300 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ethiopia has eyed at harnessing ecotourism development as an instrument in poverty reduction efforts, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said. Speaking at the inauguration of a book entitled ’’ The Fundamentals of Community Based Ecotourism Development in Ethiopia’’ here on Friday, Minister, Amin Abdulkadir said the Growth and Transformation Plan […]

Travel Experience to Wenchi Crater Lake

Wenchi Crater Lake2 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Ethiopian Herald) – After two hours of travel through golden yellow farms of barley and teff; and the violet of potato flowers, our vehicle came to a stop near the sign board of Wenchi Eco-Tourism Association (WETA). Local children encircled us with flowers – fresh and dried ones. WETA is an admirable initiative […]

Joint effort to revamp the Simien National Park

Semien-National-Park1-300x191 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Hubert H. Humphrey once said, “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbour.” Though, one may interpret this saying in a variety of ways, it clearly tells the significance of a neighbour in one’s life. Of course, people who live in a nearby can have […]

Semien Mountains’ Residents generate 2.6 Million Birr from tourism-related services

Semien Mountains National Park Gondar, Ethiopia – The Office of Semien Mountains National Park said that local residents generated 2.6 million Birr ($150,000) income from tourism-related services over the last six months. Office Head, Sisay Mekuanent told Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that 4,600 people, who lived around the park generated the said income by renting their pack animals and […]

Ethiopia, Top 10 Emerging Destinations for Green and Sustainable Travel

The rock-hewn church of Bet Giyorgis, Lalibela, Ethiopia. (Photo: Alamy) Greenloons,  a Virginia-based online eco-tourism resource has named Ethiopia as one of the Top 10 Emerging Destinations for Green and Sustainable Travel. Vienna, VA, October 08, 2011 –(– The business of eco trailblazer Greenloons http://www.greenloons.comis to help travelers source the green vacation of their dreams – one that’s been certified sustainable. Irene Lane, Greenloons founder, […]
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