2015 EDITION OF EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND TRADE-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR ETHIOPIA

 

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European Journal of Tourism and Trade, special edition for 2015, is focused on presenting the World Best Tourist Destination ceremonies held in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia, in outlining the main tourism hot spots of the country and presenting a tourist guide

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EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND TRADE Quarterly Journal of Tourism Information General Manager: Nicolae Nicolae ISSUE 13 , YEAR 2015, SPECIAL EDITION: WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION on this issue WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD CEREMONY 2015 P.5 GUIDE TO ETHIOPIA P.11 MINISTER ATO AMIN ABDULKADIR VISION ON TOURISM P.19 Upcoming event`s P.40 KAZAKHSTAN CONGRATULATES ETHIOPIA -WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 2015 - WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD CEREMONY HELD IN ADDIS ABABA ETHIOPIA For the second year in a row, the capital of Kazakhstan-Astana, the host of World Expo 2017 will host the bulk of the celebration, in Central Asia, to honour ETHIOPIA- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015. Ethiopia is this year African country to receive the highest honour of European Council on Tourism and Trade, as a prime class destination for luxury tourism and a favourite cultural destination on African continent. Astana celebration`s will start after European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation will handover the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 prize to authorities of Ethiopia.

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3 ETHIOPIA 2015 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION HARAR-UNESCO city of peace

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4 ETHIOPIA 2015 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION HARAR-UNESCO city of peace

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5 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 IS ETHIOPIA On July 10, 2015, in Addis Ababa, the representatives of world tourism, headed by European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr.Anton Caragea, had delivered the official opening speech for ETHIOPIA - WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015. This is the full text of Council President on this occasion We have all gathered here, on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY to celebrate one of humanity most important achievements in the last centuries: and this is undoubtedly tourism. Tourism had become, from just a tool for enjoyment and ludic preoccupation, a major part of human life. Tourism is today an intricate part of our life, the need to share experiences, to search for unknown territories, to go further and further. Tourism is inscribed in our fiber and it defines us, it make us human. other people. Today, in XXI century, all tourists are diplomats, building bridges of information, understanding and cooperation by simple experience of travel. In this new world, where tourism is economy, is diplomacy and is shaping people’s and nations destiny, there is no more important moment as the moment when world tourism is choosing his World Best Tourist Destination. In some years our choice is driven by consumerist arguments, and this is normal as tourism is after all a major economic factor, but some time our decision must lead the way for tourists to discover and rediscover new lands and new H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea proclaimes ETHIOPIA-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015. Tourism is now a major economic factor that helps countries to be developed and enrich themselves in more than just the economic point of view. Countries and people’s are rediscovering themselves by tourism. Cultures are resurrected, history is brought to life and people are enjoying new opportunities via tourism development. An ambassador was considered, a few centuries ago, as a tourist entrusted with gathering knowledge and information’s about distant lands and in offering the image of his country to cultures and must be a signal of re-emphasizing the need to put history, patrimony, cultural legacy at the fore of our decision. We must never forget the fact that: the main duty of tourism is to enrich the soul and capture the imagination of traveler. This is the rationale, the driving force, underlined by our decision to hail Ethiopia as the World Best Tourist Destination for 2015. Tourists that will select, in this year and in the years to come, Ethiopia as their pristine destination, will have the chance of immersing themselves in the land from where humanity once sprinkled. Here is where our grandmother to all, started her journey, almost 4 million years ago.

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6 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015 IS ETHIOPIA Her name was Lucy-Dinkenesh -she is wonderful (in translation)- as is the tender Ethiopian name . I will not linger too much on detailed deHere, in Ethiopia, tourists can reconnect with God, as both the Kingdom of Axum and his later hair-Lalibela made a point of honor in creating the Christianity cradle of Africa. Here you can see God powerful deeds by the presence and ingenuity of Ethiopian people as in the stoned carved churches of Lalibela. The legend goes that the angels themselves help the people build them and tourist with see that these angels still have a name and a face, in the faces of people of Ethiopia. We must not forget that thirty-six of world The legacy of Muslim creeds can also be crops are originating from Ethiopia as their starting point in our food. Let just imagine a world without coffee. I know is difficult, but without Ethiopia the long way of coffee would have not existed. Ethiopia is not a distant place, you can discover it in any cup of cafe, in any taste of Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade looking over Axum-the first capital of Ethiopian empire (300 a.Chr.). deserving the appellative of World Best Tourist Destination. scription of all the UNESCO heritage sites existing in Ethiopia or on the long list of region and cities awaiting their inscription on world heritage list. I will just emphasize how rare is a country offering such a diversity of cultural, historical and natural beauties as Ethiopia. Here in Ethiopia you can find the cradle of humanity, cradle of religions, cradle of culture and why not? Cradle of agriculture. wheat or barley, they all must whisper to you: come to Ethiopia, come to where humanity started, come home ! Yes, in our decision to crown the jewel of Africa-Ethiopia as World Best Tourist Destination we did not forget for a moment that we are not encouraging people to go in a far or distant place. No! We are just telling them to come home, to rediscover their roots, their houseEthiopia. We must also mark down Ethiopia as an example for tourism revenues distribution and to encourage tourist, travelers or just prospective tourists to invest in local artisans creations. Tourism revenues are helping communities to develop, are helping people restarting their lives, protecting cultural found in the Sheik Hussein Religious, Cultural and Historical Site and many others holy sites in Harar. All this is making Ethiopia the ideal destination for people’s searching their connection with God, in quest for their peace of mind and soul or maybe just the beauty of religious artifacts. Should I just recall that: this is the unique place where you can go in search of the Arch of the Covenant, as a modern Indiana Jones or just as a traveler searching for spiritual adventures? Because thus is Ethiopia today: a spiritual adventure, a discovery trip that must not be overlooked and that is richly

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7 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015 IS ETHIOPIA landscape and historical legacy. Coming as a tourist in Ethiopia is not just a self rewarding adventure, but is also an opportunity to make a responsible tourism, a fair trade tourism, supporting local communities and poor rural areas. It is a perfect example of social tourism, that we must command and support and specially promote. We are hailing Ethiopia also a Favorite Cultural Destination for 2015 and with good measure also, as we just inscribed as intangible cultural and tourism patrimony heritage the Ethiopian coffee ceremony and shimgalinathe specific Ethiopian concept of learning and amicability. The coffee ceremony is not only celebrating the first coffee planted and presented to the world by Ethiopian people, but is also a ceremony destined to showcase the hospitality, the traditions, the desire to offer the best to travelers and passerby alike. In this ceremony, we can observe the people character and way of treating with dignity and care their guests. I must I hope that: this lofty rostrum will be transformed in a support for developing the international recognition of FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA, for a social oriented tourism and development and in a base for further success for THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD himself – ETHIOPIA. It is my privilege to handover to Your Excellency, as the most representative leader of people and tourism of FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA the award for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015. OFFICE OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE also remark another component of intangible cultural and tourism patrimony heritage of Ethiopia- the concept of shimgalina, offering another mark of inter-community dialogue and acceptance, of tolerance and friendship, that explains in full how Ethiopia can unite people’s, can give them the sense of historical unity and bind them together in love. This concept is also a fundament of Ethiopian history and development, a secret to ingratiate in a polite and correct manner, that makes tourist feel at home in this wonderful country. As Ethiopia is in itself a succinct compendium of humanity history and traditions, I could go one for hours, underlining the As I often say and hope, that this title must be regarded as a challenge, as from now on we are expecting your country and people exertions in the benefit of the world culture and tourism. ple of ETHIOPIA. H.E. Prime Minister and Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, Minister of Culture and Tourism-Ato Amin Abdulkadir and European Council on Tourism and Trade President- Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in the center of Ethiopian government and European Council on Tourism and Trade visiting delegation. many reasons why crowning Ethiopia today as World Best Tourist Destination it is just a normal act of recognition. The recognition of a country so rich in culture and promises for tomorrow, a nation that it becomes the embodiment of the tourism for the future, of the tourism for knowledge and experiences, of tourism that is leaving us richer in conscience and soul. The story of Ethiopia continues and is writing today a new and remarkable page: the page of tourism and cultural success, the page of Ethiopia as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015. Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister and European academician -Hailemariam Desalegn, It is my great honor and privilege to hand over this title as an international recognition for all the people of Ethiopia, all united in the service of protecting and preserving historical and civilization patrimony of your country, in fostering tourism and culture, in the service of the peo-

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8 PRIME MINISTER AND ACADEMICIAN HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN EXPRESS HIS CONVICTION IN THE BRIGHT FUTURE OF ETHIOPIA WORD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 On the rostrum of World Best Tourist Destination for 2015 Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held a powerful speech expressing his confidence in Ethiopia`s tourism sector development. On this important world tourism ceremony H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn was recognized by European Tourism Academy as a World Leader of Tourism and a member of honor of European Tourism Academy by Academician Mircea Constantinescu and in the presence of European Council on T o u r i s m Trade a n d President. H.E. ECTT President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Minister of Culture and Tourism – Amin Abdulkadir, H.E. Prime Minister – Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, are directing the proceedings for World Tourism Awards Ceremony for 2015.. to other things that ECTT chose to stretch out to Ethiopia the world best traveler destination recompense.” The stream of vacationers to Ethiopia has developed altogether amid the most recent decade as the nation had the capacity give better administrations that urged travelers to invest longer energy and investigate Ethiopia’s surprising and wonderful attractions, he said. Ethiopia will keep on developing the tourism area and utilization it as a methods for political participation with different nations, he said. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accepted for him the honorary membership of European Tourism Academy insignia and on behalf of people of Ethiopia accepted the diploma and the globe as official signs of World Best Tourist Destination and Favorite Cultural Destination designation. The Premier received the insignia`s of European Council on Tourism and Trade from European PresidentProfessor Dr. Anton Caragea at a public function held at the National Palace yesterday. LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA ! WOLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION ! H.E. Prime Minister – Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, and H.E. ECTT President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and ECTT Chairman Mihai Prundianu and European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei. ECTT declared Ethiopia as the perfect winner of World Best Tourist Destination and Favorite Cultural Destination Distinction for 2015. destinations and administrations to sightseers over the world,” PM Hailemariam said subsequent to accepting the grant. The legislature of Ethiopia is resolved to ensure and safeguard authentic and social legacies and “we trust it is in this acknowledgment of this one of a kind game plan in addition “This grant further motivates Ethiopia to offer more noteworthy social and vacation

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9 ratic Republic of Ethiopia the title of Honorary Member of European Tourism Academy. Analyzing the curriculum vitae along with the activity of the Prime Minister Hailemariam we discover a complex person, a man of many talents, entirely dedicated to the development of his country, to the well being of the people of Ethiopia, dedicated to building a favorable image of Ethiopia in the midst of the international community. His bachelor's degree in civil engineering, from Addis Ababa University, was fundamental for building a solid scientific education, giving him access to a high level knowledge and expertise. The master degree, with Tampere University of Technology in Finland, gave him an European and international perspective upon the transfer On 10th July 2015, in an official ceremony, Academician Mircea Constantinescu-Director of European Tourism Academy, had presented H.E. Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn with the insignia of honor and the certificate of honorary member of the academy. The decision was taken on 25 June 2015 by the Academic Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade and announced in an official letter as a result of: Government of Ethiopia recognizing the importance of tourism as a key facilitator for the country development and international promotion, creating exemplary structures like Tourism Transformation Council, investing in infrastructure and capacity building, creating a special team under Your Excellency leadership for destination promotion and management and protecting the cultural, natural and historical patrimony of the country. The full text of the admission in an academic institution is called laudation (from latin wordpresentation) and we have the pleasure of presenting you with the text of laudation by Academician Mircea Constantinescu for H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn-Prime Minister of F.D.R of Ethiopia. Mr. Prime Minister, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, We are here to award to H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal DemocH.E. Hailemariam Desalegn loves his country and the people of Ethiopia. He learned how important the water resources are for a country, how important the expert management of such a vital resource is for the well being and the successful development of Ethiopia. But for him it was not enough. He wanted more…He wanted to acquire knowledge of scientific management of the country, of its human resources and natural resources as well. And he acquired all this, earning a MA in Organizational Leadership in California. We will not analyze here the political activity of H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, but taking actively part in the political life of his country, it gave him the opportunity to work with people of Ethiopia, to be in the middle of Ethiopia’s people, to efficiently communicate, and being able to of knowledge, expertise and technology. Upon his return to Ethiopia, he served in different academic and administrative capacities, including the dean of the Water Technology Institute, for 13 years. EYE ON IT Conference on OSCE congratulates ETHIOPIA for being named WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 Bucharest Conference on Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is expressing his satisfaction at the thawing of relations between Europe and Ethiopia-most developed East African state. Ethiopia has being recognized as the most economically dynamic country in Africa, a beacon of democracy and development in the region and now was recognized as the World`s Best Tourist Destination. On 25 June 2015, the European Council for Tourism and Trade (ECTT) based in European Union , unanimously selected Ethiopia as the World Best Tourist Destination for 2015 and favorite cultural destination for 2015. Among several countries, Ethiopia has obtained the award in recognition for its tourism potential, acumen reform of tourism industry and indelible cultural and historical patrimony. EUROPE HAS A NEW ACADEMICIAN: PRIME MINISTER HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN, ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY DIRECTOR– DR. MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU

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10 EUROPE HAS A NEW ACADEMICIAN PRIME MINISTER HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN ,ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY DIRECTOR DR. MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU We are WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION is the hymn of Ethiopia ! A perfect song for a perfect destination! implement at the high level management of the country activities, reflecting the reality of Ethiopia and the wishes of Ethiopian people. His activity as Minister of foreign affairs was indeed a success. As a diplomat he presented to the world the image of a peaceful country, of many resources and beauties, with people that praise hospitality, open in a friendly manner to the international community. Academician Mircea Constantinescu-EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY and European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015. ETHIOPIA-ADDIS ABABA There is no wonder that with all these credentials he was able to excellently perform as Prime Minister, running an activity at the top level, for the benefit of Ethiopia and Ethiopian people. In the country’s general framework, tourism is a complex activity, and H.E. understood that tourism is not only for tourists to enjoy the natural beauties and the cultural heritage of Ethiopia. Tourism is for also the people of Ethiopia, is for the development of the local communities, so that everyone will be able to enjoy all that a beautiful and resourceful country may offer. As a final remark, he was working for many years at the highest level of the African Union, was able to have a general overview, as well as a personal contribution, to the most important African institution, bringing together people and countries, managing the trend for ever growing development and international recognition of the African continent. In recognition of his contribution to the development of Ethiopian tourism, we are proud to hand over The Medal Of Honor to his Excellency Hailemariam, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to recognize him as the newest academician member of the European Tourism Academy. The newest member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY – Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn presents to the public the official Academician Degree. ETHIOPIA-ADDIS ABABA

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11 EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE FAMILIARIZATION TRIP ETHIOPIA 2015 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

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12 EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DELEGATION TOURING THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTIFUL ETHIOPIA-FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2015 During the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) official visit to Ethiopia, ECTT President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Foreign Minister, Tedos Ghebreyesus, State Minister, Berhane Gebre-Christos, Yaekob Yalla, Minister of Trade and Minister of Culture and Tourism, Amin Abdulkadir, to create a climate favorable for tourism and trade development and for awarding to the people and Government of Ethiopia, the world most important recognition for tourism advancementWORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2015. (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9-15 July 2015). profusely dialogue with Prime Minister of F.D.R. Ethiopia- Academician Hailemariam Desalegn. Ethiopia tourism is having a perfect future ! with the hand shake between Prime Minister of EthiopiaHailemariam Desalegn and ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea. The inclusive dialogue, concentrated on promoting bilateral trade, investment and economic cooperation, supporting business people and firms from both regions in cooperating and promoting the exchange of techniques, skills and economic goods. Lalibela, the holiest Christian city in Africa and the second Jerusalem, as is worldly known On the landmark occasion, of the universal proclamation of World Best Tourist Destination for 2015, a top ranking delegation from European Council on Tourism and Trade was invited for a discovery tour of Ethiopia, the receiver of this year most influential tourism designation. The visit took place between 9 to 15 July, 2015 and included an important political and diplomatic dimension, with European Council on Tourism and Trade President -Professor Dr. Anton Caragea holding discussions with Minister of Trade-Yaekob Yalla, Minister of Foreign Affairs-Berhane Gebre-Christos and H.E. Amin Abdulkadir – Minister of Culture and Tourism of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and an inclusive and Gala dinner for European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) President and his high ranking delegation. (from right to left): Minister of Culture and Tourism – Amin Abdulkadir, H.E. Prime Minister – Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, H.E. ECTT President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , Minister of Foreign Affairs of EthiopiaTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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13 EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DELEGATION TOURING THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTIFUL ETHIOPIA-FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2015 On diplomatic arena a cooperation and further developing of honorary consul’s network across the world, was established, with a view to foster tourism, cultural and economic cooperation. Creating a network of Ambassadors for Tourism and Culture, promoting tourism and the image of Ethiopia, where also tabled, based on other successful examples of actions of tourism promotion carved by European Council on Tourism and Trade. H.E. ECTT President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Minister of Culture and Tourism – Amin Abdulkadir, H.E. Prime Minister – Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, are directing the proceedings for World Tourism Awards Ceremony for 2015. European Council on Tourism and Trade President -Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had presented the World Best Tourist Destination for 2015 insignia to Prime Minister of Ethiopia- Academician Hailemariam Desalegn. The President also presented the main speech of the world tourism ceremony titled: Ethiopia-the land chosen by God! European Tourism Academy Director- Academician Mircea Constantinescu, announced also that after receiving the letter destined to World Leaders of Tourism-Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will represent Ethiopia, as the newest honorary members of European Tourism Academy. ETHIOPIA IS THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD ! and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 proclaimed President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea. During his official visit, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea met for an extensive dialogue Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam, who, on the occasion of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY FOR 2015, was presented with the WORLD LEDERS OF TOURISM LETTER of European Council on Tourism and Trade, calling on Heads of States and Government to “promote peace and world development via the tourism sector”. ECTT and Ethiopia have agreed to reinforce their collaboration in the areas of tourism promotion, management of tourism product development, and cultural marketing strategies, as agreed in the discussions between Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Amin Abdulkadir.On July 10, 2015 Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy is presenting the Honorary Academician Title to Prime Minister of Ethiopia- Hailemariam Desalegn.

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14 EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DELEGATION TOURING THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTIFUL ETHIOPIA-FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2015 The ceremony for World Best Tourist Destination for 2015 included also folk dances, Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony and academic presentations, supported by leading figures of Ethiopian cultural establishment. Axum Bible used for imperial ceremonies Specially for European delegates, were opened the gates of the imperial museum, containing the priceless treasures of ten Ethiopian emperors from garments, to crown adorned with jewels and the robes used for imperial investiture. The cere- mony for World Best Tourist Destination Dances and flowers: welcoming at Gondar airport, European delegates with Mayor Getinet Amare. in 2015 was live broadcasted and viewed by more than 200 millions viewers and will continued to be presented across Europe for the next year. From Axum, the old imperial city, the delegation led by PresiFrom 10th July, the European Council on Tourism and Trade President and his delegation embarked in a cultural and tourism program visiting Axum-the first capital of Christian Africa and the centre of a world power in 100 to 400 BC that controlled trade across the Read Sea. Here they have a chance to admire the fiery Amharic dances, in a wonderful welcoming ceremony, offered by the local authorities, enjoyed the fabulous gondarine cuisine at famous Four sisters’ restaurant and toured the imperial city. dent Anton Caragea has being directed to Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia from XVII century to XIX century. Axum Cathedral: the place of coronation for Emperors of Ethiopia. The last emperor to be crowned here was Haile Selassie I In Axum, the delegation visit the royal tombs, the Church of the Arch of Covenant, the Saint Mary Imperial Basilica, where the emperors of Ethiopia were crowned. European Tourism delegation is touring the outstandingly preserved Imperial compound of Gondar- Ethiopian empire capital from 17 to 19 century. Behind is the the world famous Fasil Ghibli-Palace of Emperor Fasilades

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15 EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DELEGATION TOURING THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTIFUL ETHIOPIA-FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2015 Gondar is also world renamed for his architecture and for housing almost ten emperors, in a period of glory for Abyssinia, as Ethiopia was known in that time. Garnering Portuguese influence, with Indian and English architectural designs, Gondar is nicknamed as African Camelot for his strange, but perfect architecture. An impressive tour of six of the eleven rock hewn churches was conducted, including the famous grave of Saint Lalibela, the church of Medhane Alem (Our Saviour) and Holy Cross Church. Welcoming in Lalibela with flowers and the beautiful children of Ethiopia: Anton Caragea- European Tourism President and European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei. European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates were received with a religious ceremony in Lalibela, the holiest Christian city in Africa and the second Jerusalem, as in worldly known. More than 5000 pilgrims, priests and deacons, welcomed President Dr. Anton Caragea and offered to him and his delegation, special ceremonial robes, to mark their entrance in the holy city. In the final leg of the trip, European Council on Tourism and Trade President and his party were treated with a wonderful welcoming to the bustling and sunny south of Ethiopia and with his famous Lake District city of Hawassa. The delegates were welcomed to music and a fire display by the head of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State of Ethiopia and enjoyed a tour of Lake Hawassa, a discovery of the city landmarks and a special night show that European Tourism President-Dr. Anton Caragea addressing to priests, pilgrims and believers at Lalibela-the capital of Christian Africa. . Lalibela is a city greater than words, nothing can prepare you for his atmosphere and nothing can describe it!President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea. touched their hearts. The Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia are an internal sea, that can be perfectly used for tourism and leisure. On this occasion, President Anton Caragea held his gratitude speech known as: To The People of Lalibela, a discourse that quickly captured the imagination of the inhabitants of Lalibela. A special surprised was offered by HE. Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia, Amin Abdulkadir, who arranged for ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea delegation a special discovery tour of Harar-the fourth most holy Islamic site.

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