New Tourism Board for Ethiopia

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has appointed a new National Tourism Board. It will fill the void left by the sacking of the board by the former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Hirut Woldemariam in April.

The board, established five years ago, acts as an oversight committee for the tourism industry and the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO). It reviews and approves budgets and programmes and also evaluates ETO’s performance. In April, the board wrote to Woldemariam, drawing attention to queries about mismanagement by officials in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The letter referred to a report addressing the governance of the ETO, following complaints of violations of regulations of the ETO as well as the appointment of previous ETO CEO, Yohannes Tilahun.

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Source: TU