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Comment from: ewnetu [Visitor]
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Interesting article but what is the reason Ethiopia did not become among the top destinations? What was the plan? What is the current plan to climb to the top?

Ethiopia has a lot of attractions from north to south and east to west to any tourists. It is sad the country has not exploited tourism yet. Learn from the other African countries.

Attracting tourists takes a committed hard plan and execute it wisely. It takes advertisement money, infrastructure, qualified travel agents, guides, safety and respect for tourists. Word of mouth advertisement is more powerful than any campaign to attract tourists.

Any price increase should come after increasing the number of tourists. Outlaw and make it illegal any surcharge for camera nd video cams which is unheard of in other countries. That is gouging.

08/13/13 @ 02:04
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

By the way ,what about the Entire Activity whether on the Tourists Transports and the Hôtels Business owned by the same guys .From EFFORT and the Agazi Bandit Groups .Some in the Diaspora have tried to launch their own activities ,but confronted to the Agazis Clientelism and state Corruption many of them have been obliged to abandon .Don’t forget also the country ’s environment specially the Woods and Wildlife being destroyed by Foreign Looters because of the Agazi Land Grabbing evil program ,

08/13/13 @ 03:39
Comment from: forward with comradde tamagne [Visitor]
forward with comradde tamagne
5 stars

better late than never. kudos to the govt. we have a long way to go especially in the area of archaeology.
i truly believe there should be a massive discovery of buildings and artifacts from our glorious past.

08/13/13 @ 09:46
Comment from: Improve the Parks [Visitor]
Improve the Parks
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Yes, I agree that the tourism sector in Ethiopia is very weak. Also, the admission fees to the parks is very cheap.

Kenya and Tanzania charge a lot more because the parks are well maintained, and there are lots of activities in those parks.

Ethiopia can start charging more, BUT, there MUST BE some kind of improvements to the parks before jacking up the entrance fees.

Areas of improvement/additions include: Rest rooms, Camping grounds, Showers, Satellite Internet access, restaurants, etc. or else increasing entrance fee is not justified.

08/13/13 @ 11:22
Comment from: Seattle [Visitor]

Ethiopia earned only $461 million from tourist industry, While Kenya and Tanzania generated Billions with much less to offer.
There are a lot we can learn from both countries. They have better tourist facilities to start with; it is not what your offer on paper, but what you can package right now. The image of Ethiopia as poor and famine stricken country is still the mind of many people. Harassing ordinary citizens, sending journalists and political opponents to prison\exile for any little reason, the potential of war with neighboring Eritrea every so often, all these negative news coming out the country doesn’t help our image. We need to work on our image in addition to having better tourist facilities. Just raising the price to the parks with no improvement to complement the increase will chase away even potential tourists.

Now going back to ETV news, it says:

“The number of tourists that are expected to visit is projected at one million by the end of 2015, double the 500,000 visitors who have arrived in the country since the launch of the GTP.”

These are mostly Ethiopians in Diaspora who came to visit their home country despite being harassed and ridiculed by Wayanes. Now do the math’s. If 500,000 visitors come to the Country the last 3 and half years, how do we expect to get 1,000,000 more in the next 16 months?
2015 is only 16 months away.

Here is more…
“The country has also set target of generating $3 billion revenue per annum from the sector from 2015 as stated in its national Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) launched three years ago.”
Again 2015 is only 16 months away. we earned $400 now, but we expect $3 billion by 2015?
Yes, we all love our country and wish Ethiopia to earn even more from Tourists. Diaspora or non-diaspora. But dream and reality are two different things.
Come 2015 we will not talk about the $3 Billion from tourists or the $2 billion from flower export or the 14% GDP growth, WeredaNET, three meals per day etc…We will move to next episode of Woyane GTP drama on ETV. Waiting! There is already one in the making it is called GERD!

08/13/13 @ 21:00
Comment from: tarik [Visitor]

OK, you plan, plan and plan to visit Ethiopia. You cough up huge amount of money and time to get there only to get harrased, rediculed, robbed by officials. It will cost one $50 to see Lalibela; a little hinderance to the so called “tourism expansion". Bad attitude at hotels, two tire price (same food on the menu would cost you tripple if it is written in english), poor infrastracture, i can go on and on…. How bloody hard is it to put a simple mosquito net in a room? Have you seen the mosquito nets, they have holes bigger than your fist… Have you come across a hotel manager tell you “sorry your room is taken by government officials because there is a big meeting in town"? Have you hired a car for a week and the second day the driver decides to change the contract and demand payment, price increase bla bla bla. Have you witnessed you government issued documents not accepted or honnored? There is a lot of work to do, most of the work is very simple, to talk about gathering billions of dollars. Common…………….i’m not happy at all.

08/14/13 @ 11:59
Comment from: Beza [Visitor]

Teddy Faraw Bekele Mola is Gurage, the turists were sitting at his hotel. Always, don’t attach it with Tigre. Ayferedbim ante sitweta ESKISTA WERAGE SLENEBERK ATAWKEWM. KITA Ras.

08/17/13 @ 00:06
Comment from: neftegna [Visitor]

Fix the article, tigray EFFORT earns $ ftom all enterprise including touri, but Ethiopia gets nada

08/19/13 @ 11:36

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