27/01/2019

TRAVELERS GUIDE TO ADDIS ABABA. WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Addis Ababa is opening the gates of an ancient and mystical world, and was recently named WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM by the ECTT-global tourism institution and today  the megapolis is preparing to welcome an increased number of tourists transforming it in the main tourist capital of Africa.


In 2015 after the country was elected as WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION of the year an estimated 1 million tourists visited the African nation.




In order to help tourists discover what the global tourism institutions calls a perfect city for tourism, discovery and culture lovers we have gathered in a pocket guide the main highlights of this buoyant African capital, the political center of Africa Union, the host to UN Economic Agency for Africa and by now the European Council on Tourism and Trade registered WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.
ADDIS-ABABA: A CITY IMBUED WITH HISTORY.



Kidus Raguel church on Entoto: a testimony of the 550 years of political existence of Addis Ababa.


 

In 2019 and 2020 Addis Ababa is celebrating 550 years of historical continuity starting with a medieval presence in the Entoto Hills above Addis Ababa confirmed by the existence of the ruined rock-hewn churches of Washa Mikael and Kidus Raguel.


The hills also host the city’s oldest functioning church, Entoto Maryam, a traditionally painted octagon perched on the site where Emperor Menelik II was crowned in 1889.


Emperor Menelik II, the father of modern Addis Ababa, adorned the city with a host of religious monuments like: St George’s Cathedral later served as the coronation site of Empress Zewditu and Emperor Haile Selassie. Selassie (Trinity) Cathedral, with its intricate facade, is where the famed Emperor Haile Selassie has been laid for his final rest.



St George’s Cathedral build in honor of the Adowa victory (1896) over Italian imperialism, victory that market the survival of Ethiopia as an independent African nation.



Nearby Church of Beata Maryam, noted for its beautifully painted interior, hosts the subterranean mausoleum of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Zewditu.


Other examples of religious architecture include the beautiful early 20th century Anwar Grand Mosque, and the gracious Armenian and Greek Orthodox Churches on the Piazza.





ADDIS-ABABA: THE NEW JERUSALEM IN AFRICA



Holy Trinity Cathedral and Museum:


Built to commemorate Ethiopia’s emancipation from the Italian occupation, the cathedral is an important focal point for the Ethiopian Orthodox church.

As a place of worship, it is considered second only to the Church of Our Lady Zion in Axum (where the original Ark of the Covenant is believed to be held).


Entoto Mountain and Museum:


The site where Menelik II established his capital, Entoto mountain offers excellent views across the Addis Ababa and its surroundings, and a breath of fresh air after the hustle and bustle of the city.

Visit Menelik II’s palace, the church of St. Mary and the Entoto museum.


Saint Trinity( Haile Selassie Cathedral) interior view-Addis Ababa



St George’s Cathedral and Museum:


Following Menelik II’s victory over the Italians at Adwa, he ordered the construction of this cathedral in honor of St George, whose flag he had carried on the battlefield.


The cathedral was rebuilt in the early 1920s under Emperor Haile Selassie.


St George continues to be considered patron and savior of the nation.


The museum holds many exhibits related to the cultural traditions of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.



Ethnographic Museum of Ethiopia housed in the ancient Emperors palace from Addis Ababa play host to a treasure trove of historical collections. 




ADDIS-ABABA: THE MUSEUMS CAPITAL OF AFRICA



The National Museum of Ethiopia:

The oldest museum in Ethiopia, its most famous exhibit is “Lucy”, the 3.5 million-year-old skeleton whose discovery in 1974 demonstrated that bipedal hominids evolved much earlier than previously thought. The museum also holds many other palaeontological and archaeological artifacts, as well as ethnographic and modern art displays.


The Ethnographic Museum:

Housed in Emperor Haile Selassie’s former Palace, this museum is dedicated to preserving the traditional art, languages and cultures of Ethiopia’s many ethnic groups.


The Ethiopian National Postal Museum:

This quirky museum contains every design of Ethiopian stamp from 1894 to the present day, including many of the artist’s original drawings and proofs. The designs reveal a huge amount about the country’s past economic, political, social and cultural life.


Addis Ababa Museum:

Housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, which was originally home to one of Menelik II’s warlords, this museum charts the history of Addis Ababa from its foundation in 1886, through to the present day.



The Zoological Natural History Museum:

Part of the Natural Sciences department of Addis Ababa University, this museum intends to serve as a reference collection of all animal species of Ethiopia.


And finally some Amharic vocabulary:


Selam: Hello


Ameseginalew: Thank you


Yirkirta: Excuse me or sorry


Konjo! Beautiful (a good word to use in reply to the many Ethiopians who will ask you how things are or how you are finding Ethiopia)


Yeut no? Where is …?


26/01/2019

ADDIS ABABA WILL HOST WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM CEREMONIES

 Addis Ababa was announced as the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM on the venue of First Academic and Mayors Forum for Culture and Tourism – ‘WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM: protecting heritage and promoting tourism’. 



Addis Ababa is preparing for a string a celebrations during 2019 and 2020 marking 550 years as a political center and 130 years since in 1889 the Emperor Menelik II announced the city as the capital of his Ethiopian empire.



The European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), jointly with the  European Tourism Academy and the Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals has organized  the First Academic and Mayors Forum for Culture and Tourism – ‘WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM: protecting heritage and promoting tourism’, between 16 to 19 January 2019.



The global tourism institution ECTT Forum aims to provide a unique platform to discuss issues and solutions for developing and managing tourism in WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM cities in a way that promotes cultural protection, heritage and dedicates efforts toward economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.



The First Academic and Mayors Forum for Culture and Tourism is unifying academicians, world leaders and local leaders in order to promote a better understanding and connections between tourism and  local development.


On this occasion, at the proposal of Academicians Honorable Mircea Constantinescu-European Tourism Academy Director and Academician Ionut Costea, the Head of Government of Addis Ababa, Mayor Takele Uma Benti was elected as a member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY in order to give voice to city tourism development projects and programmes and to offer his expertise to the world tourism body.


European Council on Tourism and Trade has succeeded in building world-wide instruments dedicated towards developing city tourism and protecting culture and heritage and offering to millions of the chance to escape poverty and live a dignifying life.


In order to continue this impressive trends the European Tourism Academy is fostering a global debate on the livability and sustainability of cities and is giving the voice to the essential stakeholders of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM cities– residents, visitors, local, regional and national authorities and private sector in order to work together to respond to the current and upcoming challenges.




More can be observed here:

PRESIDENT OF DJIBOUTI DECORATED WITH WORLD TOURISM AWARD FOR VISIONARY LEADERSHIP


LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT 

PRIME MINISTER OF CAMBODIA NAMED WORLD LEADER FOR DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM

GLOBAL TOURISM INSTITUTION APPOINTS WORLD LEADERS FOR DEVELOPMENT

PRIME MINISTER OF ETHIOPIA RECEIVES THE LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS




According to the decision of the Executive Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade a new name was added to the list of WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM: the city of ADDIS ABABA, capital of The Federal Republic of Ethiopia, host of African Union and host of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.




H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Head of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE announced also the global tourism institution decision to hail the President of F.D.R of Ethiopia Ambassador Sahle Work Zewde as the new Academician Honorary member of European Tourism Academy.


Addis Ababa as the next WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM



ADDIS-ABABA is a world-class urban tourism destination, with tourism sites ranging from full heritage sites, including traditional palaces, churches, mosques and famous markets (Merkato, Shiromeda etc), to state-of-the-art architecture and museums.


Recent urban regeneration projects have seen a revamping of the green parks, protecting historical quarters and increased tourism interest towards ETHIOPIA as the winner of 2015 WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD.


ADDIS-ABABA as host destination of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM programme will feature its fair and inclusive tourism initiative in the conference programme, promoting the importance of building inclusive tourism for all.





The Headquarters of African Union situated in Addis Ababa.


 The ADDIS-ABABA ceremonies for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is jointly organized by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) and European Tourism Academy and the ADDIS-ABABA Metropolitan Government with the support of the Presidency of federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

24/12/2018

TUDOR STEFAN-ECTT PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER: AFRICA AND ASIA WILL GARNER MORE THAN 200 MILLION FAITH BASED TOURISTS YEARLY

Mr. Tudor Stefan, the new Presidential Adviser, responsible for faith based tourism was the creator of the Pilgrimage route of Dobruja and the Year of Saints Epictetus and Astion celebrations and other continental level events focus on religion and faith as drivers of tourism development and heritage protection.


His appointment comes after the Global Tourism Institution-European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) announced the latest figures showcasing that in 2018 around 300 million tourists visited the world´s key religious sites.


The new European Council on Tourism and Trade Presidential Adviser, Mr. Tudor Stefan congratulated by H.E. Kazakhstan Ambassador Mr. Daulet Batrashev.



The appointment of a religious tourism expert in the person of Mr. Tudor Stefan comes in recognition of the ever growing importance of faith based tourism and  aims to highlight the positive contributions of pilgrimages and spiritual routes to sustainable and responsible tourism, as well as the contribution of tourism to cultural understanding and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage related to ancient trails and sacred places.


On the appointment of the new presidential adviser, H.E. President of ECTT- global tourism institution, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea noted that ”Asia and Africa are the most vital centers for religious and faith based tourism that will capture the attention of billions of travelers in the next decade and will have to respond to the challenge of sustainable and cultural oriented tourism and the nomination of our new adviser in the person of the reputed academic Mr. Tudor Stefan comes in response of our increased global role in the world of culture and tourism”


Lalibela (Ethiopia-World`s Best Tourist Destination in 2015) is one of the most rapidly developing tourism centers.



Mr. Tudor Stefan was presented to the diplomatic corps accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade and in induction speech outlined that according to European Council on Tourism and Trade figures around 300 million tourists visit the world´s key religious sites every year, making spiritual tourism a significant part of both domestic and international tourism.

Angkor Wat (Cambodia-World`s Best Tourist Destination for 2016) had attracted 3,6 million tourists in 2018 alone.



The event has brought together diplomats from a diverse range of countries including Argentina, Australia, India, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Paraguay, The Republic of Korea, Spain and Thailand, among others.


The participants agreed that Asia and Africa are encapsulating the most impressive development potential being capable in bringing more than 200 million tourists and billion in investments funds and cultural protection.


Mr. Tudor Stefan , Presidential Adviser-European Council on Tourism and Trade stated that in managing the religious tourism we must uphold the principles of:  preservation of the spirit of the destinations, authenticity and integrity in the way that they are managed and promoted while ensuring accessibility for all. 


More important religious tourism destinations are usually less affected by trends, political and economic crisis, appreciated the faith based tourism expert.


20/11/2018

GLOBAL TOURISM LEADERS OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE EXPLORING CAMBODIA`S POTENTIAL

H.E. President Academician Anton Caragea has lead a team of tourism and development leaders to the Kingdom of Cambodia in order to evaluate the country use of WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARDS and to assess the nation readiness for a new stage in tourism development. 




The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Academician Hun Sen, re-affirmed tourism´s role as the most important agenda item for the sustainable development of Cambodia´s economy as he received the leaders of global tourism institutions: European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy on evaluation visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia.


President of global tourism institutions: ECTT and European Tourism Academy, Academician Professor Dr. Anton Caragea received by H.E. Academician Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia and Global Ambassador for Tourism and SDG`s.



“In spite of the worldwide economic crisis, Cambodia enjoys continuous tourism growth.


Tourism in Cambodia grew from zero to 5.2 million foreign visitors expected this year of 2018,” said Prime Minister Academician Hun Sen.


“Tourism development has been taken by the Cambodian government as a priority for the sustainable development of our cultural and natural heritage sites,” he added.


“Cambodia´s is fairing best in the world tourism development field growing from 3 million tourist in 2015 to a projected 6 million in 2019 and this is the globe`s most impressive tourism achievements.




Cambodia is a true success story that registered the impressive victories of being named WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and to have in Phnom Penh named as the first Asian city to become a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM stated ECTT President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.



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Main world tourism and culture awards ceremonies are listed here:

World Capital of Culture and Tourism

World`s Best Tourist Destination Award

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“With its wide variety of European Council on Tourism and Trade ECTT heritage sites, Cambodia continues and will continue to draw tourists from all over the world and we are very happy to see the country placing tourism as a priority in their development agenda.”



Cambodia´s tourism has experienced a significant growth over the years, from 460,000 visitors in 2000 to 4.2 million in 2016(when the nation was voted as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION), or an increase of 1000% over the 2000 benchmark.


International tourism generated US$ 3.8 billion in receipts in 2018.



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Phnom Penh-the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

Read more:

♦ THE GUIDE AROUND PHNOM PENH

♦ PHNOM PENH: THE CITY OF WATERS!

♦ A VISIT TO PHNOM PENH! HIGHLIGHT OF A PERFECT CITY! 

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During his visit to Cambodia ECTT-European Council on Tourism and Trade President announced that ECTT and European Tourism Academy will organize the WORLD TOURISM DAY 2019 in Phnom Penh marking tourism opportunities in the Kingdom of Cambodia and highlighting Phnom Penh as the perfect destination for cultural, luxury and heritage tourism.




Landmarks of European Council on Tourism and Trade Presidential Delegation visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Battamang-the future center of tourism development stage in the Kingdom of Cambodia. The first leg of ECTT discovery trip. 

Banteay Meanchey: a treasure fountain of culture and heritage.   

The Wat Ek Phnom archaeological site 

Siem Reap Province. The Bakong Temple. A perfect stop-over for history aficionados.  

Kampong Thom Province. Sambor Prey Kuk -UNESCO heritage site. European Tourism Academy shortlisted for World Capital of Culture and Tourism status.

National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh-World Favorite Museum in 2017

Banteay Chhmar temple- a symbol of ever victorious spirit of Khmer People. 

Cambodia under Academician Hun SEN, the most extraordinary Prime Minister that the nation had ever had has become a model for development, an independent and people oriented country and a symbol for tourism and national resurgence-ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea.