ADDIS ABABA―An exhibition marking the 29th World Tourism Day opened at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center and Marketing Development Enterprise yesterday (Sept. 27).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Culture and Tourism Minister Aisha Mohammed said, “implementing the theme Tourism for all, Promoting Universal Accessibility will benefit the disabled, women, youth and children.’’

According to her, tourism contributes 4.5% of the country’s GDP and this is expected to reach 5% at the end of GTP II.

Public and international relations director with the ministry, Gezahegn Abate, told ENA that the number of tourists coming to Ethiopia is increasing remarkably due to the effort of the government to scale up the sector and the recognition given by UNESCO  for some of the country’s tourist attractions.

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He further noted that the youth must exploit the untapped tourism potential and create jobs for themselves thereby increasing the visibility of the nation.

Public Relations Director at the Ethiopian Catering and Tourism Training Center, Dr. Kibrework Lemma said ‘‘this is an opportunity for us to introduce the education and training we provide to absorb much from our diverse tourist destinations and benefit the society.’’

Various participants of the service sector, including hotels and tourism enterprises, and tour operators, are taking part in the exhibition organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and Addis Ababa Tourism Bureau.

Symposiums about tourism will be held on the sidelines of the exhibition.

Source: ENA
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