Tourism In Ethiopia: Quo Vadis?

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Tariku Atomsa


Tourism has contributed significantly towards the socio-economic development of Many countries in the world. However, the contribution of tourism for tackling poverty is not well emphasized in developing countries. This is because of the profit motive of multinationals that controlled the tourism value chain. Therefore, in order to tourism brings significant positive impacts in the lives of the poor, appropriate tourism development policies and strategies must be in place. Accordingly, this paper discusses the development of tourism in poor countries including Ethiopia, the problems and prospects of tourism in subsistence economy and how the image of the destination serves as a critical factor for successful promotion activity. The emphasis is, in pursuing for new approaches, how tourism can work in solving economic problems in poor countries. Thus, this paper proposes the importance of developing tourism via micro enterprises and SMEs with due emphasis towards pro-poor tourism, designing and implementing appropriate promotion programs and marketing strategies, linking tourism with the broader development agenda by incorporating it into poverty reduction strategy paper as well as improving tourism products & services. Eventually, this can result in sustainable tourism development such as: the Management of natural resources, preservation of cultural heritages, and less Economic leakages.

Corporate Author: Getnet Alemu and Getachew Yoseph (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
ISBN/ISSN: 978-9994-54-03-7
Primary Descriptors:

tourism in subsistence economy, problems & prospects

Secondary Descriptor:

pro-poor tourism

Geographic Descriptors: Ethiopia
Cataloge Date: 02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: Tourism development
Call Number: 330.963 PRO 2007
Serial Key Title: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: International Conference
Content type: EEA Publication
Volume: I
Publication date: 2013-05-27 00:00:00
Forum or Discussion date: 2013-02-27 00:00:00
PDF file:  Tariku Atomsa_Tourisn in Ethiopia.pdf
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Author: Tariku Atomsa

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