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Ethiopian Tourism Organization Statement
The Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO) wises to extend its warm Ethiopian New Year greetings to members of your associate (on. ETO is pleased to announce that the tourism sector ended the year with record numbers close to one million inbound international travellers to the country. Increasing travel media coverage indicates that Ethiopia is authentically appealing to the world as a top emerging tourist destination.
As we all know, in the last few months, there have been some public demonstrations in some part of our country and as a result some tourist originating countries issued travel advisories to inform their citizens to take extra precautionary measures when visiting the affected areas which are a usual practice in; the travel industry. We understand that such travel advisories coupled with f0111:e media articles have caused concerns to Tourists who were planning to visit Ethiopia and tour operators which organize tour packages.
In line with these developments, the Ethiopian Tourism Organization has discussed with active tour operators which are currently conducting t (J ur operation throughout the country, national peace and security Agencies, Regional Tourism Bureaus and Tour Guides. In all our discussion we have confirmed that both domestic and international tourists are visiting the various attraction places peacefully and there is no concern on peace and security. Moreover; there is no single incident encountered by either domestic or international tourists during the subject period.
Meanwhile,· there is also a bilateral discussion with concerned Embassies both at government level and concerned institutions to reassess the Travel Advisories to reflect the true reality on the ground in the country.
ETO would like to assure your members that all tourism destination sites across Ethiopia remain safe and open to travellers. Ethiopia hosted successfully two international sporting events that attracted many international tourists: EthioTrail 2016 a running race competition that took place in Oromia region on August 7th 2016 and Tour Ethiopia, a cycling race competition that took place in Tigray region from August 28th to September 2nd.
Ethiopia is a mosaic of cultures living in harmony united in mutual respect for each other and genuine warmth towards guests in the land of which they are so proud.
The Ethiopian Tourism Organization is the federal government organization that has the mandate for tourism destination and product development as well as marketing Ethiopia as a tourism destination in the international and domestic markets. With a committed readiness to enhance its marketing initiatives, · ETO predicts a positive Tourism performance outlook in the coming year.