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European Council on Tourism and Trade chose Ethiopia for World best tourist destination for 2015

Tigrai Online, July 7, 2015

European Council on Tourism and Trade chose Ethiopia for World best tourist destination
General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has chosen Ethiopia as the number one World Best Tourist Destination and Favorite Cultural Destination for 2015

On June 25, 2015 the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has chosen Ethiopia as the number one World Best Tourist Destination and Favorite Cultural Destination for 2015. The assembly arrived in the conclusion after taking careful and great consideration to the list of candidates they had.

On the debate for the World Best Tourist Destination Award For 2015, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presented a report titled: Ethiopia : The Perfect Cultural Destination; The Land Chosen By God!

He proposed Ethiopia as the winner of World Best Tourist Destination For 2015 and as receiver of the Favorite Cultural Destination distinction for 2015.

The report noted the reasons for awarding World Best Tourist Destination For 2015 Prize To Ethiopia:

The excellent preservation of humanity landmarks such as: ruins of the city of Aksum - the heart of ancient Ethiopia, Fasil Ghebbi - the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th century, Harar Jugol - 82 mosques, 102 shrines, and unique interior design in the townhouses, Lalibela - holy site encompassing eleven medieval stone carved churches from the 13th century, Konso Cultural Landscape (containing 55 kilometers of stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements), Lower Valley of the Awash-where humanity made his first steps and where was found the Eva of all mankind-Lucy fossil’s, and Lower Valley of the Omo also containing fragments pertaining to early humanity development and the fossils of Homo Gracilis.

The press release of the assembly list is very long and full of detail information why Ethiopia is the perfect choice. Tigrai Online just put down the above first few paragraphs of the announcement. Please visit their website and read the announcement in its entirety. The link to the press release will be at the bottom of this page.

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The report continued saying, “All this sites where recognized as being of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monuments.”

Ethiopia is from today a perfect, safe and outstanding place to visit, the countries gates are opened and all world tourism experts expressed their confidence in the potential and future of tourism in ETHIOPIA”, concluded Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade.

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This amazing award will tremendously help the Ethiopian tourism industry. Such announcements don’t come every day and certainly don’t happen to every country. This is a free advertisement for Ethiopia as a nation and we are grateful for the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) for taking the time to choose Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian government and people should immediately start taking action to get ready. This advantageous chance is only for a year and our country should take full advantage of it. If it is done right it could result in long term and permanent increase of tourists to Ethiopia.

Even though Ethiopia is endowed with some of the most wonderful historical and natural sites, some of them are not equipped to host thousands of tourists. There is considerable job to be done to bring those sites to standard in terms of accommodation, sanitation, transportation, information, organization, and to some extent safety need to be improved.

Tourism could be a multibillion dollar industry in Ethiopia bringing much needed hard currency. Tourism in Ethiopia has the potential to become one of the biggest income generating source without harming the environment.

If the necessary safety elements are not in place, tourism also has the potential to do damage to the country. Special care and attention should be given to linguistic, religious, cultural, political and security sectors. The government should train special security forces and set up multi level safety nets to guard our artifacts form international thieves.

Please read the whole article here - http://ectt.webs.com/apps/blog/show/43411326-ethiopia-is-elected-as-world-best-tourist-destination-for-2015

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