Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Lalibela secures over 80 mln birr from tourism

Over 80 million birr income was secured from over 52,000 tourists who visited tourist sites in Lalibela Town, North Wollo Zone of Amhara State during the just-ended budget year, the town culture and tourism department said.
Department Heritage Conservation and Tourism Development Work Process Coordinator Habtamu Tesfaw said that 37,000 of the tourists were foreigners.
The number of local visitors has increased by 9 percent while that of foreign tourists grew by 30 percent compared to that of the previous year.
Habtamu said activities carried out to promote the sites contributed to the growth in the number of visitors.
The town, originally known as Roha, is home to one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites, eleven rock hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level.
Ethiopia has a number of tourist attractions. Nine of its heritages are inscribed by UNESCO as world heritages. The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are one of the heritages inscribed by UNESCO.
The Axum Obelisks, Lower Valley of the Awash, Harar Jegol Wall, Lower Valley of the Omo, the Tiya Carved Stelae and Konso Cultural landscape are among the nine sites registered by UNESCO.
(The Ethiopian Herald)