Ethiopian heritage under the auspices of UNESCO inspires the tourism revolution

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When the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed 12 heritage sites in its first version of the sites in 1978, Ethiopia was among seven countries, including Canada, the United States and Senegal, among others, which have registered two heritage sites. In fact, the World Heritage List now includes more than 1,000 sites around the world.

Of the 195 member states of the United Nations, around 168 have so far inscribed several heritage sites under UNESCO. As a Member State, Ethiopia, from the rock churches of Lalibela to the recently inscribed Gedeo Cultural Landscape, has inscribed around 11 tangible heritages.

Thus, Ethiopia is the first African country followed by South Africa, as well as Egypt, Kenya and Senegal in third place by recording different tangible and intangible heritage. Travel journalist Henok Seyoum welcomed the fact that the country has registered several tangible and intangible heritages as world heritage sites.

Speaking to the Ethiopian News Agency (EPA), Henok reiterated that efforts to register the historic walled city of Harar, Konso and Gedeo cultural landscapes, Bale Mountains National Park, among others, were outstanding , regardless of the gaps observed in the sector.

Highlighting that the nation has immense tourism potential, he said the nation could greatly benefit and attract a number of tourists to the country by effectively exploiting its natural resources.

However, he stressed that many efforts should be made to promote the inscribed heritage to the rest of the world. Infrastructure development of tourist sites, creation of employment opportunities and promotion of activities should be one of the priorities of the concerned institution.

“Not only do tourist destinations have poor infrastructure, but they also lack adequate accommodation to satisfy tourists and this remains a challenge.” Likewise, promotional activities have been neglected to the extent that few tourist attractions such as the Lower Awash Valley and the Lower Omo Valley, as well as the Tiya archaeological site, have only been visited by tourists who discovered the sites from high-level international authors.