Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2021 World Tourism Day: All Eyes on Hawassa

Hawassa is one of the emerging and beautiful cities in Ethiopia. Situated on the shores of Lake Hawassa in the Great Rift Valley, it is 273 km south of Addis Ababa via Bishoftu, 130 km east of Sodo, and 75 km north of Dilla. The town serves as the capital of the Sidama Region and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region.

The city of Hawassa takes its name from Lake Hawassa, which is derived from the Sidama language. ‘Hawassa’ literally means ‘large body of water’, and historians explain that the city was called ‘Adare’ before it got its current name, which is believed to mean ‘grazing land’ for Sidama speakers. It was founded in 1952 during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

“Ethiopia should capitalize on its untapped tourism potential by promoting meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). “

Big projects are planned for this purpose. This proposal includes the creation of lodges, the creation of sporting facilities and the construction of a suitable cycling trail all around the lake. Mount Tabor is also planned to be developed.

For big hotels with greater facilities, Hawassa is noted. For example: Haile Resort, Lewi Resort, South Star Hotel, and Rori Hotel. Hawassa hotels are rated up to 5-star. Regardless of the rating, the hotels in Hawassa are renowned for their good hospitality and work ethics, which attracts tourists. It’s a town full of natural resources. Hawassa has been transformed into a hub for conferences. The federal government currently prefers hosting high-level meetings in the city. The city also has a road route to Kenya. Making it a preferable place for an enjoyable stay. To benefit the tourism sector, the city of Hawassa is seeking to reach out to possible potential. “In the next 10 years, Hawassa will be able not just for Ethiopia but for East Africa to become a tourist center” said by the Mayor of Hawassa.

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