#Ethiopia gets new tourism board

PRIME MINISTER’S CHIEF OF STAFF APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF TOURISM BOARD

(Posted 17th August 2018)

(Twitter picture from Fitsum Arega’s account)

Fitsum Arega, the Chief of Staff of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, has been appointed as chairman of the national tourism board. The appointments fill the vacancy after former Culture and Tourism Minister Hirut Woldemariam sacked the entire board back in April, only to pay the price herself when she was moved from the increasingly important portfolio less than two weeks after she took the controversial decision.
Also on the board is the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam, the chair of the Addis Ababa Hotel Association Biniam Bisrat and Yacob Melaku, chair of the Ethiopian Tour Operators Association, among others. The new Minister for Culture and Tourism Bizunesh Meseret also serves on the board.
Lensa Mekonnen was appointed as CEO of the ETO and took office on the 06th of August.

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