Ministry Expresses Readiness to Support the Forum

Minister of Culture and Tourism expressed readiness of the Ministry to Support the efforts the Ethiopian Tourism Media Forum extends to promote the tourism sector.
His Excellency Minister Amin Abdulkadir stated this while he expresses his message at a half day meeting organized by the forum to introduce its activities to its members and stakeholders on 11th of November 2014.
In his message, the minister said that the media plays important role in advertizing the country's cultural and natural tourist attractions to the international community in a way that accommodates the diversity of the country.
Also, he underlined that the media involved in promoting the sector should reflect the views, language, culture and traditions of the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia and the increment of the benefit of the country.
In this regard, in all the efforts the Forum exerts to intensify the progress of the sector, to increase awareness among the public and to build the image of the country the ministry stands beside it, he said, adding that it also works to wards creating conducive mechanisms for capacitating the forum.
In the occasion, chairperson of the forum Ato Zerihun Girma has presented a report on the objectives and current status as well as the work plan of the forum.
Deputy Chairperson of the forum, Ato Daniel Tsehay has presented a paper on the experience of other countries and the role of the media in promoting the sector.
The occasion was attended by public relations officers from federal and regional government institutions, journalists working in the tourism sector from the public and private media, scholars from Addis Ababa University, invited gusts and other concerned professionals.
In a discussion chaired by director of International and Public Relations Directorate with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ato Gezaheng Abate, participants forwarded suggestions and asked questions of clarification.
Some of them suggested the creation of the forum as an important tool that helps to strengthen and awaken the sector for grand achievements, moreover they included the concept culture in the designation of the forum as it is difficult to detach it from tourism.
It should be recalled that the forum was established last year at Jinka, a town in the SNNPS.
It was declared that the next meeting of the forum will be held in Oromia, Bale, Rome town.
The meeting which held at Yod Abssinia Restaurant was organized with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.