“Tourism is the backbone of the economy in many countries, including Ethiopia. However, the Covid-19 pandemic is a challenge for world economic growth, especially from the tourism sector, including Ethiopia,” Abraham said in his remarks when opening a tourism training forum held at the Indonesian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Friday (24/9/2021).
He further said that Indonesian tourism is developing well and fast, so it is necessary to share experiences with Ethiopia, which currently also places tourism as one of its development priorities.
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The event with the theme Tourism and Economic Development: Sharing Indonesia’s Experience, Tourism Hackaton 2021 was organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Addis Ababa in collaboration with the Oromia Tourism Commission, the largest state in Ethiopia. There were around 150 participants on-line and off-line, from various places in Ethiopia.
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“Ethiopia assesses that Indonesia has succeeded in developing tourism, so they feel the need to hear about Indonesia’s experience. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has become a challenge for tourism development in almost all countries in the world, including Ethiopia and Indonesia. Ethiopia also wants to know about Indonesia’s experience in dealing with this problem,” said Al Busyra Basnur, Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union.
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“Before the pandemic, the number of Ethiopian tourists visiting Indonesia continued to increase even though the number was not as large as those from Southeast Asian countries,” added Al Busyra.
Apart from Ambassador Al Busyra Basnur, present as speakers were the Ambassador of Ethiopia in Indonesia, Admasu Tsegaye; Oromia’s Tourism Commissioner, Lelise Duga Jebessa; EMEAA Regional Tourism Marketing Director, Agustini Rahayu; Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, Ida Bagus Partha Adnyana; Traxis Travel founder and CEO, Kevin Alwino; and Deputy of the Oromia Tourism Commission, Abiyu Tesema.