New entities to boost the tourism sector

ETOAAddis Ababa, Ethiopia - Three new entities, Tourism Transformation Agency (TTA), Tourism Council and Tourism Board, will be established with the aim of boosting the tourism sector in the country.

The new draft regulation for the formation of TTA, Tourism council and Tourism board is to be tabled for the Council of Ministers for approval.

The regulation that aims to accelerate investment in the tourism sector as well as alleviate the problems the sector faces is expected to be ratified before the end of this budget year.

According to the draft document, the transformation council will be chaired by the Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and Tourism will be deputy chair, while the Director of the agency  will be assigned as secretary. Relevant ministry  offices, city government officials, regional administrations and the high official from Ethiopian Airlines will also be included in the council.

From the private sector, President of the Ethiopian Tour Operators Association, President of Hotels and Restaurant Employers Association, President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association, and private investors and prominent personalities will also be included in the council as members.

The council will follow up on the development and marketing of tourist destinations and attractions as well as try to  solve problems  the sector is currently facing.

The council will also give relevant strategic directions to the tourism board which  will be established under this regulation.

According to the draft regulation, the establishment of the council aims to harmonize the sector’s development. Read more