Tigrai Online, July 23, 2013
Over 376 million Birr income was secured from more than 30,120 tourists, who visited tourist sites in Tigray State during the just ended Ethiopian fiscal year, the regional culture and tourism agency said.
Promotion expert with the Agency, Yonas Tadele told ENA on Saturday that the tourists visited the GereAlta Mountains and ancient churches, ancient palaces, obelisks and archeological sites in Axum, among others. Yonas said the revenue exceeded that of same period last year by 3.5 percent. Activities carried out to promote the sites contributed to the growth in revenue, he said.
About Tigrai State
Tigrai state the North most state of Ethiopia is the cradle of Ethiopian civilization. Almost all the 3000 to 5000 years old ancient historical, linguistically, cultural, geological and religious sites and artifacts are exclusively found within the boundaries of Tigrai State in Northern Ethiopia.
From the Great Temple of Yeha in Adwa which was built around 1000 BC, The Kingdom of Axum which is over 3000 years old and over 120 Rock-Hewn Churches which are found through out Tigrai and are similar in design with those churches found in Lalibela (about 1000 years old) but the Rock-Hewn Churches in Tigrai are much older.
The Geez alphabet which is used in most of Ethiopia was invented in Tigrai in the Axumite era. Christianity and Islam in Ethiopia originated in Tigrai. The holiest Christian and Muslim sites are found in Tigrai. Axum is not only the home of the legendary Queen of Sheba, but the father of modern Ethiopian Music; Saint Yred was born just outside the city of Axum.
Axum is also the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, believed to hold the tablets of stone bearing the Ten Commandments, which Moses brought down from Mount Sinai.
The potential for tourism in Ethiopia in general and in Tigrai state in particular is tremendous if it can be properly utilized.