Ethiopia was the host country for the three day (27 to 29 November) African Travel Commission meeting.
Ethiopia was the host country for the three day (27 to 29 November) African Travel Commission meeting. It was held in the capital, Addis Ababa last week. Government representatives from 30 African countries attended the meeting.
Mr. Ato Mebrate, Minister of National Resources Development of the Provisional Military Government of Socialist Ethiopia, opened the meeting which was held in Africa Hall. In his address Mr. Mengistu said that be believed tourism was not only an economic help but also a means for promoting international peace.
He said that African countries individually lacked the resources necessary for tourism. He thought they should pool their resources to develop hotel chains, airlines and tourist promotion centres.
He said the Ethiopia-Kenya highway linking Addis Ababa with Nairobi was expected to be finished soon and would no doubt promote tourism and economic development between the two countries. The highway will eventually link up with the Trans-Africa Highway network.
The meeting also marked the 50th anniversary of the International Union of Officials Travel Organisation (IUOTO) and was the last meeting of the commission under IUOTO. Last year IUOTO, a private international organisation, became the World Travel Organization -- a recognised Geneva based intergovernmental body.
The Chairman of the African Travel Commission, Mr. I.A. Atigbi of Nigeria, the Secretary General of the World Travel Organisation, Mr. Vettor Guisti, and the head of Ethiopia's Travel organisation, Mr. Ato Abidul Jalile also addressed the meeting.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from thirty African countries attended a meeting of the African Travel Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday last week. It was the last meeting under the International Union of Officials Travel Organisations.
The head of Ethiopia's Tourist Organisation, Mr.Ato Abidul Jalie, spoke to the delegates about his country's promotion of tourism.
The meeting also marked the fiftieth anniversary of IUOTO which was run by private international organisations. IUTTO has now became the World Travel Organisation, a Geneva based body recognised as an official intergovernment structure. Secretary General of the WTO, Mr. Vettor Giusti, was among the delegates who attended.
Ethiopia's Minister of National Resources, Mr. Ato Mebrate Mengistu, said he believed tourism was not only an economic help but also a means for promoting international peace.
Mr. Mengistu said that individually African countries lacked the resources necessary for tourism and should pool their resources to develop hotel chains, airlines and tourist promotion centres.
He told delegates at the three day meeting that the Ethiopia-Kenya meeting that the Ethiopia-Kenya highway linking Addis Ababa with Nairobi was expected to be completed soon. This would promote tourism and strengthen economic ties between the two countries he said.