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November 2014

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014, according to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer released in Sep. 2014. “Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013,” UN¬WTO said. IN 2013, the total export earnings gen¬erated by international tourism had reached US$ 1.4 trillion.

Elias A. Kebede
The modern history of what is now known as the “Ethiopian hospitality industry” dates back to more than 100 years with the opening in 1895 of Taitu Hotel, the first hotel in Addis Abeba (previ¬ously Finfinee) by Empress Taitu. Located in the heart of the old city – Piassa, the hotel still bears the same name, and it is in a fairly acceptable con¬dition considering its age.