Ethiopia gaining media attention as tourism destination

Rough Guides names Ethiopia No. 1 for 2014

Rough Guides, one of the UK’s leading publishers of travel guides, has declared Ethiopia the top country to visit in 2014.

 “This culturally rich East African nation has always been an enticing destination, and though it remains poor, independent travel around the country is becoming easier thanks to a boom in small hotels and restaurants. Take your pick of spell-binding attractions: untouched national parks, the ancient cities of Axum, Harar and Lalibela, the world’s first coffee plantations, the largest cave in Africa at Sof Omar and the continent’s largest concentration of UNESCO sites.”

Addis Ababa – one of New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2014

The New York Times has placed Addis Ababa 13th in its list of 52 places to visit in 2014 for its budding art scene.

Gisela Williams says, “Building on a strong historical legacy (Addis boasts one of East Africa’s oldest art schools) are a host of events scheduled for 2014: a photography festival, two film festivals and a jazz and world music festival. Thanks to the city’s diverse art institutions and galleries, including the artist-in-residence village Zoma Contemporary Art Center and the Asni Gallery, there is an art opening at least once a week. Even the local Sheraton puts on “Art of Ethiopia,” an annual show of new talent. But it’s the National Museum that, in May and June, will host this year’s blockbuster exhibit, “Ras Tafari: The Majesty and the Movement”, devoted to Emperor Haile Selassie I and Rastafarianism.”

The Zoma Contemporary Art Center. Michel Temteme for The New York Times.