Outstanding natural beauty, dramatic landscapes and ancient culture have given Ethiopia the title of the World’s Best Tourism Destination for 2015.
The European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) made the announcement recently, awarding the honour to Ethiopia from a total of 31 nominated countries.
Ethiopia has nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, which were heralded by the commission, attributing to their success.
President of the ECTT Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presented a report titled, Ethiopa: The Perfect Cultural Destination; The Land Chosen by God noting the reasons for awarding Ethiopia the award.
“The excellent preservation of landmarks such as the ruins of the city of Aksum; the heart of ancient Ethiopia, Fasil Ghebbi; the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th century, Harar Jugol; the Lalibela holy site encompassing eleven medieval stone carved churches from the 13th century; and the Lower Valley of the Omo also containing fragments pertaining to early humanity development and the fossils of Homo Gracilis,” Dr. Caragea outlined as highlights.
Other attractions included the sacred Islam Sof Omar Cave which is the longest cave in Ethiopia and the longest system of caves in Africa at 15.1 kilometres long; the Paleolithic site of Melka Kunture in the upper Awash Valley and the Konso Cultural Landscape, featuring 55km of stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements.