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Stepped-Up Efforts Being Exerted To Make Eritrea Major Tourism Destination

Various department heads of the Anseba Regional Administration said that efforts are being enhanced to make Eritrea a major tourism destination at the international level through properly popularizing the exiting rich tourism potentials and upgrading services. Asmara, 7 May 2011 – Various department heads of the Anseba Regional Administration said that efforts are being enhanced to make Eritrea a major tourism destination at the international level through properly popularizing the exiting rich tourism potentials and upgrading services.

In an interview they conducted in connection with symposium of the Ministry scheduled to take place from May 7 to 8, the department heads explained that vigorous endeavors were exerted towards improving tourism services, as well as reinforcing national unity and harmony, and thereby creating job opportunities and generating hard currency. 

The director general of tourism service in the Ministry, Mr. Mohammed Idris Ibrahim, indicated that the existing tourism-service rendering enterprises are now in a position to provide efficient service. Efforts to build human capacity have also borne fruitful outcome, and that there are over 20,000 employees who received proper training and education, he elaborated.

Mr. Mohammed further pointed out that about 67 projects have been implemented focusing on hotels and restaurants with a view to creating ample job opportunities.

Noting that various seminars, training and educational programs have been given to staff members to upgrade their competence, he stated that with the opening of the Hotel and Tourism Training Center in 1998, about 3,000 nationals received training on wide-ranging courses, including hospitality, quality control and management of food and drinks, among others. Besides, 2 batches have already been graduated in diploma with the opening of College of Business and Economics in 2005, Mr. Mohammed added.

The director of promotion office in the Ministry, Mr. Hagos Woldu, said on his part that Eritrea is endowed with long-standing history and many ancient historical sites with classic relics.  Outlining the country’s spectacular landscape which is attractive to tourists, he pointed out that the prevailing peace and security, coupled with co-existence and harmony of the people are the main factors for attracting tourists.

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