Hawassa October 14/2013 Over 40 million Birr revenue was secured from more than 48,800 tourists, who visited natural, cultural and historical sites in South Omo Zone of South Ethiopia Peoples' State over the past three years, the zonal administration said.
Zonal Administrator, Molloka Wubineh told ENA that 46,354 of the total tourists are foreigners.
The Lower Awash Valley, Tiya and the Mago National park are among the attractions visited by tourists.
He said that over the past three years the flow of tourists and the revenue secured from the sector increased by 65 percent and 40 percent in respectively.
The Lower Awash Valley and Tiya are two of the nine world heritages OF Ethiopia inscribed by UNESCO.
The Lower Awash Valley paleo-anthropological site is located 300 km northeast of Addis Ababa, in the west of the Afar Depression. It covers an area of around 150 km2.
The Awash valley contains one of the most important groupings of palaeontological sites on the African continent.
The remains found at the site, the oldest of which date back at least 4 million years, provide evidence of human evolution which has modified our conception of the history of humankind.
The most spectacular discovery came in 1974, when 52 fragments of a skeleton enabled the famous Lucy to be reconstructed.
The other heritage Tiya is among the most important of the roughly 160 archaeological sites discovered so far in South Ethiopia Peoples’ State.
The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher.
They are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined.