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Dubai Tour operators attend a roundtable on Tourism opportunities in Ethiopia 

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Over 15 Dubai tour operators reported took part in the roundtable discussion. (Photo : MFAE)

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Toronto – A collaborative roundtable discussion was organized this week in Dubai highlighting Tourism opportunities in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Consulate in Dubai and Ethiopian Airlines collaborated to organize the  event, according to information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia (MFAE). 

“The discussion sought to establish a platform for well-known tour operators in the United Arab Emirates to integrate Ethiopia into their tour packages,” the Ministry said. 

Over 15 businesses in the tourism industry – apparently operating from Dubai,  have attended the event.  

Aklilu Kebede is Ethiopia’s Consul General in Dubai. He invited tour operators to seize tourism opportunities in Ethiopia, and interested them in natural, historical and cultural destinations in the country. 

Head of the Economic Diplomacy Department of the consulate, Asmelash Bekele, talked about “newly developed tourist destinations and supportive government policies.” 

The Ethiopian Airlines, represented  by  Solomon Begashaw, Area Manager of Ethiopian Airlines Dubai office, seized the opportunity to highlight flight packages available to  clients from Dubai. 

The update from the MFAE also indicated that “plans for a Familiarization Trip aimed at showcasing Ethiopia’s tourism attractions and fostering investment,” but no further detail was given about it. 

Tour operators are said to have expressed “commitment to maximizing Ethiopia’s tourism potential and expressed readiness to collaborate with other stakeholders in advancing these efforts.” 

The security situation in most parts of Ethiopia has been negatively impacting the tourism sector. 

Amhara and Oromia regions of Ethiopia are still experiencing war between rebels and the government. 

The situation in Tigray, North Ethiopia, is not conducive either as a security crisis – including robbery and kidnapping – in the region has been making news headlines recently. 

However, there are still natural and cultural destinations that seem to be safe to  tourists – notably in the south east, south and south western parts of the country. 

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