Body Habteselassie, Father of Ethiopia’s Tourism Laid to Rest

13 Aug 2017
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Addis Ababa August 13/2017 Habteselassie Tafesse, the man known as 'the father of Ethiopia's tourism' was laid to rest on Sunday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Habteselassie is known for promoting Ethiopia's tourist heritages by introducing the logo of “Thirteen Months of Sunshine”.

Born in Addis Ababa in 1919 from Fitawrari Tafesse HabteMichael and Mulatua Belayneh, he moved to Greece at the age of two.

The late Habtesilassie had attended primary and secondary school in Greek.

Before he went to the U.S. in 1950 to attend his college education, Habtesilassie attended college education in Egypt for two years.

Returned to Ethiopia in 1954, he established the first tourism organization. He served as assistance and later Director-General of the organization. 

Habteselassie has discharged his responsibility in promoting Ethiopia's tourist heritages globally till his death.

He received a national award from Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in 2017 for his contribution.

He also had received awards from different governmental and non-governmental organizations for his contribution and achievements of promoting the country's tourism industry.

Habteselassie Taffese has survived by his three children.

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