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High fees making nation “expensive” destination

Members of the Ethiopian Tour Operators’ Association and travel agencies warned at a Monday meeting in Bahir Dar that Ethiopia is becoming a pretty expensive destination due to soaring fees at touristic sites, The Reporter has learnt.

Fewer hotels starred under ratings regime

A star-rating project that the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been undertaking in Ethiopia for the past couple of years is gaining momentum, with 167 out of 365 hotels being rated. During a workshop held this week, Tewodros Deribew, tourist services competence accreditation and classification director with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT), said that 365 hotels in Addis Ababa, Amhara, Dire Dawa, Harari, Oromia, Southern Regional State and Tigray have so far been assessed for star rating.

Haile builds four-star resort in Arba Minch

To increase number of hotels to 20 in five years Haile Gebreselassie, renowned athlete turned businessman, is building a four-star resort hotel in Arba Minch town, Southern Regional State at a cost of 250 million birr.