The Minister of Tourism, Ms. Askalu Menkerios, said that solid groundwork has been laid towards reactivating the tourism industry in Eritrea in the post-independence period. Asmara, 6 May 2011 – The Minister of Tourism, Ms. Askalu Menkerios, said that solid groundwork has been laid towards reactivating the tourism industry in Eritrea in the post-independence period.
In an interview she conducted in connection with the forthcoming Symposium of the Tourism Ministry due to be held from May 7 to 8, Ms. Askalu explained that the substantial investment made in the construction of road networks, ports, airports, infrastructure facilities, building complexes, communications, service-rendering institutions and others has enabled Eritrea to become a tourism destination country.
Noting that there exist spectacular tourism attractions in all the administrative regions, the Minister indicated that substantial investment and strenuous efforts are required to ensure sustainable and reliable development of the tourism industry. In this respect, Ms. Askalu underlined the need for active participation of the general public and institutions in properly harnessing the available tourism potentials, and thereby strengthens the national economy.
The Minister further stated that Eritrea is very attractive to tourists as it is endowed with unpolluted and virgin coastline, breathtaking landscape and salubrious weather, as well as classic relics, rich biodiversity, relics attesting to the origin of humankind and above all the prevailing peace and security, coupled with the hospitability of its people.
She further outlined the future work program of the Ministry focusing on meeting basic demands, upgrading the competence of service-rendering enterprises and building human capacity, in addition to the putting in place of infrastructure facilities. In this connection, Ms. Askalu called on citizens inside the country and abroad, besides foreigners to make good use of the available ample investment opportunities.