WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION (ECTT) HAS DECIDED THE VENUES OF 2017 WORLD TOURISM DAY

WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION (ECTT) HAS DECIDED THE VENUES OF 2017 WORLD TOURISM DAY

This year’s celebrations for World Tourism Day, marked on 27 and 28 September, will be officially celebrated in Phnom Penh, Dubai and Bucharest as European Council on Tourism and Trade had decided.

 

This year celebration will be focused on the role of Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development. Celebrated in line with the decisions of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals, the Day will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2017 will be held in Phnom Penh, the capital of 2016 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION -Kingdom of Cambodia, as decided by the ECTT-European Council on Tourism and Trade General Assembly.

The event will be structured around the role of PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR SDG as a main consent creator around the role of tourism in supporting international world wide development and a second layer session will emphasize the role of International Ambassadors for Sustainable Development Goals in fostering global emulation and eliciting support for world development and providing leadership for a greener future.

 

On the Agenda will also be the presentation of the Kingdom of Cambodia impressive tourism success and knowledge sharing of Cambodia`s positive practice on tourism development which saw the Kingdom being named as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

Bucharest as the center of World Tourism Institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade will also mark the event with a special session of PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR SDG focusing on Economic, Social and Human Development on world level and will emphasize the role of world parliaments in promoting SDG value and oversee their implementation in to laws as a catalyst to progress towards a more diversified economy.

 

Together with the events conducted in Cambodia, European Council on Tourism and trade headquarters and Dubai, the World Tourism Day will be celebrated across the globe.

 

On this occasion European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) calls upon the travel and tourism community, from all affiliation like entities from private sector, governments and civil society, to join the celebrations and global recognition of tourism as a driving force for prosperity and development.

 

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WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO ASTANA WORLD EXPO 2017! KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENT

WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO ASTANA WORLD EXPO 2017! KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENT

On June 10, 2017, the Kazakhstan capital, Astana, hosted the ceremonies for 2017 WORLD EXPO opening.

 

The event highlighted under the theme of FUTURE ENERGY is marking the hopes for a better future and outlines new technologies and solutions for next century energy from more than 100 participant countries.

 

Kazakhstan – Europe common governmental session under Kazakhstan Prime Minister and ECTT President.

The WORLD EXPO is a once in four-year celebration of mankind most inspirational ideas and plans for the future, the first such EXPO has taken place in 1851 in London and Kazakhstan is the latest recipient of the honor to host WORLD EXPO.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was among the world leaders invited to attend the event and to officially open the FUTURE OF ENERGY pavilion.

ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea welcomed by Astana WORLD EXPO Commissar on the venue.

On June 9, 2017 the world leaders were received in private audience by H.E. President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev who especially expressed his gratitude to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for being the first leader to endorse Kazakhstan candidature for hosting WORLD EXPO 2017.

 

We will never forget your instrumental role in awarding to Kazakhstan the most important exhibition in the world, stated Kazakh leader to ECTT President Anton Caragea.

Documentary about President Anton Caragea exertions in supporting ASTANA candidature to host 2017 WORLD EXPO.

June 10, 2017 marked the official opening of WORD EXPO 2017, occasion on which President Dr. Anton Caragea made a small allocution opening European Pavilion:

It’s imagination, innovation; it’s invention that has driven Europe and that drives other countries that we see here gathered in Astana for EXPO 2017,”

“We are focused on the power that lies within all of us as individuals, as nations, to power the future. We are also focused on our culture –ambassadors.”

 

Kazakhstan Madjilis (Parliament) Chairman welcoming a dear friend: ECTT President.

European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) high-level delegation continued after three days spent in Astana (9-11 June) to a discovery trip along SILK ROAD trail and finalized with a tour of the Caspian sea.

 

Silk Road program of ECTT is a special program destined to highlight to the world the importance and tourism and cultural significance of the SILK ROAD as a center of tourism discovery trips.

 

During 13-20 June 2017 European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visited the cities of Aktau and Atyrau, inspected tourist facilities on Caspian Sea and tourist resorts in the area and give a full support to KAZAKHSTAN ON THE SEA program.

Aktau new perennial gardens.

 

Kazakhstan on the Sea project of President Nursultan Nazarbayev envisages to transform Caspian Sea shore line in a center for water sports and summer leisure rebuilding infrastructure in the area, constructing a host of high-class resorts and refurbishing beach and sporting areas along the coast.

Mangyshlak canyon: an incredible site.

 

KAZAKHSTAN ON THE SEA is a perfect example of tourism driven development, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea –ECTT President and is involving a healthy dose of state support, state investments and private company involvement that will ensure the financial sustainability and viability of the project.

 During our visit, we have been inspired by the cultural facilities of the Aktau and conquered by the Mangyshlak Peninsula cultural spots like SHAKPAK-ATA Grotto and rock hewn buildings and Sufi mosques of the areas and the incredible Mangyshlak canyon can become centers for regional and global tourism.

 

SHAKPAK-ATA: a center for Islamic tourism and religious training.

 

Such unspoiled natural retreats are hard to come by in the world and will attract million of tourists concluded ECTT President his evaluation of Caspian sea tourism potential.

 

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, ECTT President and European Tourism Academy Director.

 

 The Caspian Tour had concluded with a working meeting between Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and European delegation in the Aktau Palace of Friendship.

 

 EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE presence on WORLD EXPO 2017 stage and support for Kazakhstan future development are the fundamental bedrock of a long term relationship destined to place culture and tourism on the top of the world agenda.

 

The official visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade high level delegation to Kazakhstan included visits to factories, drive testing the latest Kazakhstan train and on spot visit to main tourist attractions (see below). 

 

 

EUROPEAN TOURISM IS CREATOR OF WEALTH, DEVELOPMENT AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS THE WORLD STATES ECTT PRESIDENT

Celebration of Europe: Europe Day Reception

Building on a successful cooperation on last year’s Europe Day, the European Tourism Academy supported the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT) to organize the Europe Day on Tuesday , 9 May 2017.

The reception was attended by over 1000 people from including prominent guests such as government representatives, diplomatic corps in Bucharest, business leaders, academia, and the media. On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Council President   had welcomed the visitors to the event with a powerful speech:

Honourable Ministers,

Honourable Members of Parliament,

Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Colleagues, fellow Europeans and friends of Europe,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Namaste, Salam Alaykum, Good evening, Bonsoir, and a very warm welcome to you all to the 2017 Europe Day celebrations.

First, I would like to express my gratitude to Academicians Mircea Constantinescu and Ionut Costea, Directors of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, for kindly agreeing to make available this splendid hall for today’s gathering.

We thought that this year it would be great to bring Europe closer to academicians and professionals and leaders of all walks of life, and to hold our celebrations in this excellent establishment.

Thank you very much to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.

Today, 9 May, is Europe Day.

 On this day in 1950 Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, called on the nations of Europe to unite and make war on our continent unthinkable.

His message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.

 The dreams of our founding fathers have become a reality, and Europeans live together in peace and prosperity, bound together by principles of democracy and human rights.

Yet, as anyone who follows international news knows, the European Union faces considerable challenges, and I do not want to gloss over these.

But despite all our difficulties the Europe represents the most successful process of regional integration, and remains the richest continent in the world.

In no other place is there so much freedom – freedom to speak our mind, freedom to move, freedom to pray and not to pray, freedom to love, freedom to vote and freedom to choose our own destiny.

Everywhere in the world Europe is a major trading partner, a major investor and we are proudly launching here BEST OF EUROPE/BEST OF WORLD program.

 

Climate change is another example of Europe prowess and a dear subject to myself as Ambassador for World Protected Areas .

On 22 April 2016, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement in New York. Fifteen countries deposited their instruments of ratification on the same day sending a signal to the international community on the paramount importance of the implementation of the Agreement.

Our Ambassador office is committed to continue to work closely with all the nations on climate change, not only alongside it in international negotiations, but also as a key partner – providing support for mitigation and adjusting, and on the implementation of the Paris Agreement – the next big challenge.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I want to welcome you this evening not only to the Europe Day Reception, but also to our exhibition showcasing our engagement in tourism, trade and development across the world.

With WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM programs we succeeded in the last ten years to bring over 6 billion euro investments in tourism, development and growth sector in Africa and Asia and we created more than 100.000 jobs in tertiary sectors of all the countries that have being supported by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY programs.

 I would like to thank all our development implementing partners for their contributions to the exhibition and for their efforts.

I hope that everyone will take time to discover the breadth and depth of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE co-operation with developing world.

 

I would like to express my gratitude in particular to key partners of ours in this day, as DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE who offered you not only wonderful gifts but provided you with a symbol of what Europe stand`s for culture like Salvador Dali works and the joy of living embodied by wonderful perfumes and also a word of gratitude to our European Diplomatic Wine`s partners like HOUSE OF PANCIU who unveiled for you the best European sparkling wines and HOUSE OF WINES COTNARI who had offered you the gift of incredible European wines.

A word of gratitude to the 23 masters of pastry and cakes, who created the incredible cakes that we will taste tonight.

I will no longer stay between you and the incredible cake awaiting us!

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Happy Europe Day!

Bbahut Dhanyawad, Shukran, Merci beaucoup, Thank you, Danke.”

PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA OPENS 2017 ECOTOURISM YEAR IN WORLD PROTECTED AREAS

2017 is  the year to promote sustainable tourism in world protected areas.

Each year, the European Council on Tourism and Trade Federation members, partners and friends gather to discuss and debate the importance of Protected Areas in Europe and the world under the High Patronage of World Goodwill Ambassador of Protected Areas and Natural Parks, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea  and to meet, share news, experiences and ideas.

The Conference is indeed one of the greatest events for the European network of Protected Areas where people from a diversity of countries, cultures, languages come together.

Danube Delta: this was the main theme of the 2017 Exhibition-Conference presented under the banner of : TIME TO DISCOVER EUROPE`S PROTECTED AREAS! TIME FOR DANUBE DELTA! a public information event hosted in Bucharest by the Geological Museum.

2017 is THE TIME TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA! proclaimed Ambassador Professor Dr. Anton Caragea a announcing  the partnership with PUFLENE RESORT-the Danube Delta perfect host.

Danube Delta has to be in the center of sustainable tourism development and more specially must be at the heart of every European.

 Unfortunately, until now only 2,5% of European population had visited Danube Delta and only 10 to 12% had made long time vacations in areas like Murighiol and Sulina, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

We proclaim 2017 as the year when WE HAVE TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The center of Danube Delta discovery campaign must be TULCEA/MURIGHIOL area, a special point with easy access to Danube Delta and an area that had witnessed a tremendous development in the last span of time with the extraordinary PUFLENE RESORT opening as a center for the discovery activities for Danube Delta, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

Representatives of central administration (ministries and government agencies) , travel agencies, journalists and Danube Delta lovers attended the TIME TO DISCOVER PROTECTED AREAS IN EUROPE public information event.

Professor Anton Caragea announced the conclusion of a partnership with PUFLENE RESORT who will make available special rates for rooms in order to encourage visitors to Danube Delta and will also stage a chain of events to promote attention toward Danube Delta.

PUFLENE RESORT the address of perfect leisure and pleasure in DANUBE DELTA!

PUFLENE RESORT will host in 2017 a new edition of DIPLOMATIC TRIP, program carved out as a discover Romania trip for foreign diplomats by the European Council on Tourism and Trade.

In the framework of cooperation agreement PUFLENE RESORT will also host in May 2017 a special conference to locally launch the TIME TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA! program and will carve discovery routes around the complex, to bring visitors to Halmyris castle and to other touristic and cultural scenic beauties of Danube Delta.

The Conference TIME TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA! aas held under the High Patronage of Natural Protected Areas Goodwill Ambassador: Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and was officially opened in the presence of European parliament members and of diplomatic corps accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade.

The music of Danube Delta was represented by a special Lipoveni (Russian Danube Delta minority) community singer. 

The conference had also benefited by the presence of an exhibition areas that garnered for public pleasure and information 36 canvas paintings and images from Danube Delta, a powerful testimony of natural potential and the unique beauty of Danube Delta-unique ecosystem in Europe.

The music was the best medium to highlight the beauties of Danube Delta during the exhibition opening.

The guests savored a specific fish meal and regional amuse bouche and enjoyed a concert of traditional music from Russian community of the areas and of fishermen collectivities of deltaic region.

By the conference end all the brochures and leaflets promoting Danube Delta beauties where exhausted, a clear symbol of the interest aroused by the photo exhibition and the joy and expectation to discover the luxurious PUFLENE RESORT-the perfect Danube Delta host.

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2017 WORLD PERFECT DESTINATIONS TOURISM AWARDS LAUNCHED TODAY

From 2 January 2017, the world tourism institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade, had started to officially register the countries and cities candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION  for countries and  WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM for cities desirous to become international hubs for tourism.

 The ECTT Awards for tourism and cultural achievements are the annual celebration that awards the best in tourism industry crowning, since 2006, the countries and nations excellence and investment in the tourism sector, putting under the world limelight the exceptional leadership and nation prowess, in the framework of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD, and the category of FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION and marking out outstanding cultural and investment tourism projects.

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The ceremony started with the unveiling of the logo for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD IN 2017

Starting their creation from 2006, the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) Awards have recognised nations and people’s strides for their innovative and determined tourism initiatives.

The contribution of the nations and leaders receiving world tourism and travel prizes is in line with ECTT guidelines for World Capital of Culture and Tourism and World Best Tourist Destination Award.

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On the same occasion, the unveiling of the logo for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017 had taken place.

For the tenth consecutive time, the ECTT-European Council on Tourism and Trade Awards will recognize the tourism potentials of the most attractive tourist and cultural destinations.

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Diplomatic corps accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade and foreign delegations attending the opening ceremony for 2017 WORLD TOURISM AWARDS.

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President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea participated in the opening ceremony for World Tourism Awards for 2017.

President Dr. Anton Caragea and European Council on Tourism and Trade President Office staff had given the starting signal for what is internationally known as Nobel`s or Oscar`s of tourism: the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competitions.

This event has taken place on January 2, 2016 and has marked the opening of the international contests for WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM for 2017.

Held under the patronage of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, the World Best Tourist Destination – Tourism Festival is an element of novelty in the world cultural space, consisting in a series of projects meant to promote the cultural diversity of the countries that outlined candidatures to World Best Tourist Destination, under the “Open Your Culture to The World” slogan.

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Arab Embassies are highlighting the Coffee, tea and Sweets as  national treasures and arguments for World Best Tourism Destination designation.

The inauguration ceremony, started with the message of the European Council on Tourism and Trade President, who highlighted the potential of the world culture, and the contribution of such public and cultural diplomacy initiatives to the dialogue between cultures, between generations, between the diplomatic community and civil society.

World Tourism, Travel and Cultural Awards Festival presented 56 countries candidatures for World Best Tourism Destination and World Capital of Culture and Tourism in 2017.

President Dr. Anton Caragea expressed satisfaction that the World Best Tourism Destination-Embassy Festival takes place concurrently with the New Year 2017 ceremonies and  announced 2017 as the YEAR OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND NATURAL AREAS PROTECTION by this way marking lavishly the start of World Best Tourist Destination/World Capital of Culture and Tourism competitions.

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Food Festival for 2017 Tourism “Oscar`s” presented national dishes from 56 countries candidates for World Tourism Awards and succeeded to capture the imaginations of the world public.

The celebration continued with a presentation of national dishes and culinary traditions and hospitality and folk costumes, presenting the participants with a unique opportunity to taste and enjoy the world food  as part of tourism development of today.

Many ambassadors present on the venue to uphold their countries candidature`s emphasize the importance of food as a bridge toward friendship and understanding.

There is only a culture of understanding and friendship around food, stated president Anton Caragea opening the food section of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS.  

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Asian food from China to Vietnam and India on display for European Council on Tourism and Trade festivities

World Best Tourism Destination  -Tourism Festival will continue until 5 January 2017, having a diverse agenda and over 50 embassies, cultural institutes and international organizations as participants, representing 6 continent`s.

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PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA OFFICIAL VISIT TO ETHIOPIA-WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2015

PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA OFFICIAL VISIT TO ETHIOPIA-WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2015

 During the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) official visit to Ethiopia, ECTT President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Foreign Minister, Tedos Ghebreyesus, State Minister, Berhane Gebre-Christos, Yaekob Yalla, Minister of Trade and Minister of Culture and Tourism, Amin Abdulkadir, to create a climate favorable for tourism and trade development and for awarding to the people and Government of Ethiopia, the world most important recognition for tourism advancement-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2015.

(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9-15 July 2015).

On the landmark occasion, of the universal proclamation of World Best Tourist Destination for 2015, a top ranking delegation from European Council on Tourism and Trade was invited for a discovery tour of Ethiopia, the receiver of this year most influential tourism designation.

We are WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION is the hymn of Ethiopia ! A perfect song for a perfect destination!

The visit took place between 9 to 15 July, 2015 and included an important political and diplomatic dimension, with European Council on Tourism and Trade President -Professor Dr. Anton Caragea holding discussions with Minister of Trade-Yaekob Yalla, Minister of Foreign Affairs-Berhane Gebre-Christos and H.E. Amin Abdulkadir – Minister of Culture and Tourism of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and an inclusive and profusely dialogue with Prime Minister of F.D.R. Ethiopia- Academician Hailemariam Desalegn.


 Ethiopia tourism is having a perfect future ! with the hand shake between Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Hailemariam Desalegn and ECTT President-Professor dr. Anton Caragea.

The inclusive dialogue, concentrated on promoting bilateral trade, investment and economic cooperation, supporting business people and firms from both regions in cooperating and promoting the exchange of techniques, skills and economic goods.


Gala dinner for European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) President and his high ranking delegation. (from right to left): Minister of Culture and Tourism – Amin Abdulkadir, H.E. Prime Minister – Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, H.E. ECTT President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

On diplomatic arena a cooperation and further developing of honorary consul’s network across the world, was established, with a view to foster tourism, cultural and economic cooperation.

Creating a network of Ambassadors for Tourism and Culture, promoting tourism and the image of Ethiopia, where also tabled, based on other successful examples of actions of tourism promotion carved by European Council on Tourism and Trade.

During his official visit, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea met for an extensive dialogue Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam, who, on the occasion of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY FOR 2015, was presented with the WORLD LEDERS OF TOURISM LETTER of European Council on Tourism and Trade, calling on Heads of States and Government to “promote peace and world development via the tourism sector”.

ECTT and Ethiopia have agreed to reinforce their collaboration in the areas of tourism promotion, management of tourism product development, and cultural marketing strategies, as agreed in the discussions between Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Amin Abdulkadir.


ETHIOPIA IS THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD ! an WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 proclaimed President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

On July 10, 2015 European Council on Tourism and Trade President -Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had presented the World Best Tourist Destination for 2015 insignia to Prime Minister of Ethiopia- Academician Hailemariam Desalegn.

H.E. ECTT President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Minister of Culture and Tourism – Amin Abdulkadir, H.E. Prime Minister – Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, are directing the proceedings for World Tourism Awards Ceremony for 2015.

The President also presented the main speech of the world tourism ceremony titled: Ethiopia-the land chosen by God!

European Tourism Academy Director- Academician Mircea Constantinescu, announced also that after receiving the letter destined to World Leaders of Tourism-Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will represent Ethiopia, as the newest honorary members of European Tourism Academy. 


Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy is presenting the Honorary Academician Title to Prime Minister of Ethiopia- Hailemariam Desalegn.

The ceremony for World Best Tourist Destination for 2015 included also folk dances, Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony and academic presentations, supported by leading figures of Ethiopian cultural establishment.


H.E. Prime Minister and Academician Hailemariam Desalegn and European Council on Tourism and Trade President- Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in the center of Ethiopian government and European Council on Tourism and Trade visiting delegation.

The ceremony for World Best Tourist Destination in 2015 was live broadcasted and viewed by more than 200 millions viewers and will continued to be presented across Europe for the next year.


Axum Cathedral: the place of coronation for Emperors of Ethiopia. The last emperor to be crowned here was Haile Selassie I

From 10th July, the European Council on Tourism and Trade President and his delegation embarked in a cultural and tourism program visiting Axum-the first capital of Christian Africa and the centre of a world power in 100 to 400 BC that controlled trade across the Read Sea.

Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade looking over Axum-the first capital of Ethiopian empire (300 a.Chr.)

In Axum, the delegation visit the royal tombs, the Church of the Arch of Covenant, the Saint Mary Imperial Basilica, where the emperors of Ethiopia were crowned.

Specially for European delegates, were opened the gates of the imperial museum, containing the priceless treasures of ten Ethiopian emperors from garments, to crown adorned with jewels and the robes used for imperial investiture.


 Dances and flowers: welcoming at Gondar airport, European delegates with Mayor Getinet Amare. 

From Axum, the old imperial city, the delegation led by President Anton Caragea has being directed to Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia from XVII century to XIX century.

Here they have a chance to admire the fiery Amharic dances, in a wonderful welcoming ceremony, offered by the local authorities, enjoyed the fabulous gondarine cuisine at famous Four sisters’ restaurant and toured the imperial city.

European Tourism delegation is touring the outstandingly preserved Imperial compound of Gondar- Ethiopian empire capital from 17 to 19 century. Behind is the the world famous Fasil Ghibli-Palace of Emperor Fasilides.

Gondar is also world renamed for his architecture and for housing almost ten emperors, in a period of glory for Abyssinia, as Ethiopia was known in that time.

Garnering Portuguese influence, with Indian and English architectural designs, Gondar is nicknamed as African Camelot for his strange, but perfect architecture.


Welcoming in Lalibela with flowers and the beautiful children of Ethiopia: Anton Caragea- European Tourism President and European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei.

European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates were received with a religious ceremony in Lalibela, the holiest Christian city in Africa and the second Jerusalem, as in worldly known.

More than 5000 pilgrims, priests and deacons, welcomed President Dr. Anton Caragea and offered to him and his delegation, special ceremonial robes, to mark their entrance in the holy city.


European Tourism President-Dr. Anton Caragea addressing to priests, pilgrims and believers at Lalibela-the capital of Christian Africa.

On this occasion, President Anton Caragea held his gratitude speech known as: To The People of Lalibela, a discourse that quickly captured the imagination of the inhabitants of Lalibela.

An impressive tour of six of the eleven rock hewn churches was conducted, including the famous grave of Saint Lalibela, the church of Medhane Alem (Our Saviour) and Holy Cross Church.

Lalibela is a city greater than words, nothing can prepare you for his atmosphere and nothing can describe it!-President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

In the final leg of the trip, European Council on Tourism and Trade President and his party were treated with a wonderful welcoming to the bustling and sunny south of Ethiopia and with his famous Lake District city of Hawassa.

The delegates were welcomed to music and a fire display by the head of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State of Ethiopia and enjoyed a tour of Lake Hawassa, a discovery of the city landmarks and a special night show that touched their hearts.


 Boat trip along the Hawassa lake shores.

The Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia are an internal sea, that can be perfectly used for tourism and leisure.

A special surprised was offered by HE. Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia, Amin Abdulkadir, who arranged for ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea delegation a special discovery tour of Harar-the fourth most holy Islamic site.

Mihai Prundianu, ECTT Trade Chairman pose for a photo in front of famous Harar landmark-Grand Jami Mosque.

The city comprises more than 82 mosques and 4000 saints tombs known in the Islamic world as Medinat Al Awliya- the city of saints and a UNESCO heritage site.

The delegates were welcomed with a coffee ceremony and a tour of famous city enclosure, known as Jugal, and a visit to famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud house in Harar.

 A short moment of tranquility in a dense schedule: in a famous traditional Gay Ger (house) in Harar.

The visit, to extraordinary city of Harar, was the perfect gift for our delegates, appreciated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The European delegation official visit to Ethiopia is a sign of the country inclusive development, political, clout and prominence in Africa and a mark of the country taking the rightful place that is deserved amidst the most cultural and historical developed country in the world, concluded his remarks, President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The Government of Ethiopia had succeeded in developing the country tourist infrastructure, in insuring security for tourism facilities and is proposing for the next year`s a number of strategic decisions to further develop the country’s tourism sector.

The Government of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is anticipating that tourism will become the main country foreign currency earner with the necessary investment in infrastructure, on destination promotion and product development, through the recently established Tourism Transformation Council.

Photo-Journal of EUROPEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE TO ETHIOPIA-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015.

Hawassa City of Diversity

Mrs. Almaz Beyero-Head of Bureau for Culture and Tourism of SNNPRS

Sidamo Cultural Tower

President Anton Caragea at Lalibela Airport

President Dr. Anton Caragea receives Fesil Gebil macheta from Mayor of Gondar-Mr. Getinet Amare

President Dr. Anton Caragea received by Mr. Muhyadin Ahmed-Head of Harari Regional Culture ,Heritage and Tourism Bureau

European Council on Tourism and Trade high ranking delegation at World Best Tourist Destination Ceremony

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