Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.C hosted a colorful cultural and tourism promotion event in cooperation with ThingstodoDC.com on February 17/2023.
H.E Ambassador Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the U.S.A, on his opening remarks said “Ethiopia is a cradle of mankind, one of the oldest civilizations in the world, never colonized, a founding member of the United Nations and the African Union.”
He also added that “Ethiopia’s various attractions offer great opportunities for archeological and religious tourism, hunting safaris, bird watching, water sports, desert trekking, mountain hiking, camping and ecotourism.”
He encouraged participants to visit Ethiopia and experience the hidden treasures of the nation and enjoy the warm hospitality of the people.
Mr. Samson Arega Ethiopian Airlines U.S.A Regional Director on his part expressed the growing presence of the Airline in the country, including the upcoming Atlanta destination which is expected its first flight in May.
“The Airline continues to serve its customers with maximum comfort in a Pan- African spirit.” Mr. Samson added.
Mr. Greg Blad, CEO of ThingstodoDC.com expressed his commitment of working closely with the Embassy to promote the rich history and culture of Ethiopia to the American public.
Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony with organic test and authentic Ethiopian cuisine were served to the attendants.
Traditional songs and dance, artifacts, alphabets, Ethiopian classic paintings and cultural attires were also showcased which gave a special aura to the program.
The breathtaking tourist sites such as the magnificent 4th-century AD Obelisks of Axum, the 11th Century medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; the 17th Century castles of Gondar as many calls it the Camelot of Africa, the spectacular Sof Omar Caves, and the world’s fourth-holiest Islamic city – Harar as well as Negash, the earliest Islamic settlement in Africa, National Parks and other UNESCO registered heritages were promoted.
The participants expressed their satisfaction by the colorful event and affirmed their plan of visiting Ethiopia to explore the rich history and stunning attractions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia
Dr Eng Seleshi Bekele