Nation working to maximize benefit from tourism

Bahir Dar(CakaraNews) September 30/2013 The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said Ethiopia has been carried out various activities to maximize benefit from the tourism sector. While celebrating World Tourism Day in BahirDar Town of Amhara Sate on Sunday the Minister Amin Abdulkadir said the activities include promoting tourist sites, opening new destinations, infrastructure development and strengthening information system, among others.

He said these activities helped the country to increase number of tourists and revenue secured from the sector.

Amhara State Chief, Ayalew Gobeze on his part said the government has been working to ensure the public’s benefit from the sector. He said societies around tourist sites are generating income by engaging in various activities such as guiding and cooking. He said the sector is contributing share in the realization of the Growth and Transformation Plan.

In line with the 2013 United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the 2013 theme for World Tourism Day is “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”. As the most widely celebrated global day for tourism, it represents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of tourism’s role in water access and shine a spotlight on the sector’s contribution to a more sustainable water future. Tourism has proven to provide environmentally sound solutions, as well as political and financial support, for the conservation and sustainable use of water sources. But more must be done.

With a record one billion international tourists travelling in a single year in 2012, now is the time to commit to a more sustainable tourism sector in order to protect our common future.

This year’s theme highlights tourism’s role in water access and shines a spotlight on the actions currently being taken by the sector in order to contribute to a more sustainable water future, as well as the challenges ahead. It was in September 1979 that the World Tourism Organization General Assembly decided to institute World Tourism Day. The World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September.

This date was chosen to coincide with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on 27 September 1970. The timing of World Tourism Day is particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is of topical interest to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contribution the tourism industry can make in reaching these goals.