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February 15, 2024 (FBC) – The 50th Anniversary of the discovery of the remains of Lucy will be marked by various events so as to promote the tourist destinations of the country, the Ministry of Tourism disclosed.

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ወንጪ -ደንዲ  ኢኮ ቱሪዝም መንደር እና ሎጅ - ከማኅበረሰቡ ጋር ከልብ የተሣሠረ አስደናቂ መዳረሻ!

ወንጪ -ደንዲ ኢኮ ቱሪዝም መንደር እና ሎጅ - ከማኅበረሰቡ ጋር ከልብ የተሣሠረ አስደናቂ መዳረሻ!

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Jan 29, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 29, 2024 (FBC) – The Ministry of Tourism confirmed that the quinquagenary of the discovery of Lucy’s remains in Hadar, Afar region, will be commemorated with events aimed at showcasing Ethiopia as the ‘land of origins’ to the rest of the world.

This story was disclosed by the Ministry subsequent to the meeting between the Minister of Tourism, Ambassador Nasise Chali, and the paleoanthropologist credited with the discovery of Lucy’s remains, Prof. Donald Johansson.

During their discussion, both dignitaries pondered upon contents that should be included at the 50th-anniversary commemoration event of the discovery of Lucy, aiming to bolster Ethiopia’s portrayal as the cradle of origins on a global scale.

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Jan 12, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 12, 2024 (FBC) – Wanchi has always existed as a pristine gift of nature, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) said.

In a social media post, the Prime Minister said that it is our duty though to receive nature’s blessing and add value.

He confirmed that in the process of developing the Wenchi-Dandi Eco Tourism Village, between 8,000 to 12,000 jobs have been created during the construction phase.

Massive infrastructure has been introduced including 43kms access roads, 35km of road lights and power supply, a 72mts long crossing bridge and construction of a school, the Premier said.

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Jan 19, 2024

Foreign tourists who took part in the celebration ‘Ketera’, the eve of Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket), expressed their excitement with the stunning and richness of the country’s cultures depicted in the event while calling other to visit this east African nation and witness the beauty in person. A number of foreign tourists have attended the celebration of the Timket holiday in Addis Ababa.

Andrew Ellis, from the USA, told ENA that Ethiopia has unique historical and cultural heritages appreciating the Timket festival as a vibrant and spectacular event.

“This is very exciting. This is really a big event that evokes pleasure. It is a blessing for me to be able to come in and see the festivities here at Timket, and to see how people in Ethiopia celebrate their religious holiday.”

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Jan 19, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 19, 2024 (FBC) – Embassies, missions and country offices of international/multilateral organizations stationed in Addis Ababa have sent holiday best wishes to Ethiopians on the occasion of Timket-Ketera festival.

Ketera (eve of Timket) is being celebrated by Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church and Ethiopian Catholic Church faithful colorfully. Pictures published on social media show that the holiday is being observed by millions of people throughout Ethiopia.

In light of this, embassies of various countries, partners and friends of Ethiopia have poured their best wishes to Ethiopians who are observing the festival.

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Jan 19, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 19, 2024 (FBC) – Faithful of Ethiopian Orthodox and Catholic Christians across the country today celebrated the ‘Ketera’, the eve of Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket), festival colorfully.

Today’s celebration of Ketera in the capital Addis Ababa includes a procession escorting “Tabots,” which are miniature versions of the Ark of the Covenant that bear the Ten Commandments besides other spiritual and cultural activities such as prayer stick waving, drumming, horn blowing, among other things.

The procession concluded at “Jan Meda” where each replica of the Ark of the Covenant rest and stay until the celebration of the main festivity of Ethiopian Epiphany ‘Timket’ tomorrow, January 20, 2024 (11th day of the fifth month in Ethiopian calendar).

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Dec 29, 2023

Addis Ababa, December 29, 2023 (FBC) – The Amhara Regional State Tourism Bureau announced preparations for the forthcoming ‘Gena’ and “Timket” festivals which will be marked on 7 and 20 January respectively.

The Regional Tourism Bureau Head, Tahir Mohammed, exclusively told FBC that ample preparations are underway to celebrate the two public festivals in a way that preserves the religious and traditional values of the holidays.

The bureau is working with stakeholders and respective committees are formed in the areas where the festivals are celebrated in unique and spectacular manner to facilitate better conditions for guests and tourist to attend the religious events.

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Dec 29, 2023

Addis Ababa, December 29, 2023 (FBC) – Government officials and stakeholders have gathered in Mekelle city to launch an initiative aims at   reopening the tourism industry in Tigray region which has been affected by the coronavirus and the conflict in the northern part of the county.

The Tourism Minister in concert with Regional Bureau of Tigray Region unveiled yesterday the initiative to rejuvenate the tourism sector and restore infrastructures and facilities needed to resuscitate the industry.

State Ministers for Tourism, Seleshi Girma and Lensa Mekonnen, President of the Tigray Interim Administration, Getachew Reda along with other federal and regional officials attended the launching ceremony.

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H.E. Ambassador Nassise Chali

(Minster of Tourism),

  • Ethiopia commands a large and untapped potential for the tourism and hospitality business. The increasing number of tourists and the evolving profile of today's traveler demand a host of new tourism offerings and infrastructure projects.

    • MICE Facilities

    • Star rated tourist hotels and lodges

    • Entertainment and Shopping Centers

    • Tourist Information Shops

    • Tourist Transport and Travel Services

    • Tourism Medical Services

    • Food and Beverage Services

    • Leisure & Sports

    • Education and Training Facilities        READ MORE ...

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Ethiopia World Heritage

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  • Ethiopia commands a large and untapped potential for the tourism and hospitality business. The increasing number of tourists and the evolving profile of today's traveler demand a host of new tourism offerings and infrastructure projects.

    • MICE Facilities

    • Star rated tourist hotels and lodges

    • Entertainment and Shopping Centers

    • Tourist Information Shops

    • Tourist Transport and Travel Services

    • Tourism Medical Services

    • Food and Beverage Services

    • Leisure & Sports

    • Education and Training Facilities        READ MORE ...

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Festivals and Events and Other Heritages

Ethiopian Festivals

Ethiopia has a number of festivals throughout the year starting with spring (Tsedey), the time of Ethiopian New Year, which falls on September 11 or (Meskerem 1). Some of them are listed on next pages

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