Gondar gets new tourist map

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Addis Ababa, 7 February 2014 (WIC) -The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) together with the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism prepared a new tourist map for Gondar city.
Speaking at the launching ceremony at the Spanish Embassy last Wednesday, Culture and Tourism State Minister Tadelech Dalacho said tourism is vital economic sector for Ethiopia.
“The prevalence of peace and the sustained economic growth has changed the image the country. For this reason, the perception of international tourists has changed and their desire to visit tourist sites is growing day by day,” she said.
By 2014, Ethiopia is expected to be one of world`s top tourist destinations. Gondar city is among tourist destinations in Ethiopia where UNESCO`s historic treasure is found, she added.
According to Tadelech, Gondar City Tourist Map will play a key role in giving tourists detailed information concerning the City of Gondar.
Spanish Ambassador to Ethiopia Miguel Fernandez-Palacios also said besides giving a clear direction for tourists, the map will further boost tourism and encourage tourists to stay longer in the city of Gondar in particular and Amhara State in general.
The Ambassador also said the map was awarded New Mapmaker Award by the National Geographic Society granted by the British Cartographic Society in 2013.
Receiving the Map, Amhara State Culture, Tourism, and Parks Development Bureau Head Alebel Dessie said since the map is well designed and bears key tourist sites it will further encourage them to visit more historic sites and extend their stay.
EMA Director General Sultan Mohammed on his part said since the map is prepared using Geographic Information Technologies (TIGs), it would give an advantage for tourists to identify heritages which were out of the usual tourist routes. (EH)

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