The ratings were carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in partnership with the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

Tigray Region

Ministry of Culture and Tourism conducted rating for hotels in Tigray Region, Northern Ethiopia. Gezahegn Abate, Public and International Relations Director at the Ministry, explained 8 out of 34 hotels were rated by the Ministry.

10 hotels were ineligible for the rating since they had problems regarding their license, Gezahegn explained.

According to Fana Broadcasting Corporate, 13 hotels failed to meet the requirements.

The rating by the Ministry shows only Planet Hotel is a four star hotel in Tigray State. On the other hand, the State has 2 three star hotels; the Meqele based Axum Hotel-II and Desta International Hotel.

5 hotels were also rated three stars. Out of these 5 hotels 3 of them are found in the ancient Axum city.

Gezahegn explained the first round star rating of hotels will be concluded once the Ministry covers hotels in every state.

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNRP)

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced the four hotels in Hawassa have earned four stars each.

Hotel star rating, which first started in Addis Abeba, has now reached resorts and hotels of the Southern Nations Ethiopian region. Forty one of these hotels and resorts were prepared for the rating by experts from the Ministry, but only 28 of were rated. Most of them are located along the banks of Rift Valley lakes.

The results bring good news for Hawassa, the capital of the Region, 275Km south of Addis Abeba. Four of its hotels, namely, Haile Resort, Ker-Awud International Hotel, Lewi Hotel & Resort and South Star International Hotel, earned four-star rating. Additionally, of the four hotels in the region rated with three stars, three of them went to Hawassa, more specifically to Central Hotel, Gezahegn & Elfnesh Hotels & Resorts, and Oasis International Hotel. The fourth hotel, in Butajira, is Rediet Assefa International Hotel. The remaining hotels were awarded with two stars and one star.

“Star ranking helps hotels and resorts to further improve their services,” said Tadelech Dalecho, state minister for Culture & Tourism.

The ratings in the two regions as well as in Addis Ababa city earlier were carried out based on their services and the study conducted in partnership with the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

Sources: Fana and Addis Fortune
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