Newly Inaugurated Hotel Expects Business Bump for the AU Summit
Bole Atlas road area of Addis Ababa saw yet another inauguration of an international hotel just in time for the 28th African Union (AU) summit that will be held later this month.
Azzeman Hotel inaugurated on January 21st is named after a place in the Gurage zone of the Southern regional state of Ethiopia was reportedly built at a cost of over 200 million birr is 12 storeys tall and employs in excess of 120 staff.
The Hotel which has been operational for the last five months was initially planned to be inaugurated last august but the unrest which gripped much of 2016 and delays in finishing work meant its official opening date had to be forwarded to the present.
Ayele Gebremedhin a farther of 5 and a textile trader by profession in Kolfe area of Addis Ababa for two decades said the hotel inaugurated after more than four years of construction isn’t an end by itself as he plans to construct a factory once Azzeman Hotel recuperates the cost it had taken to construct it.
Azzeman Hotel which is around 7 minutes drive from the Addis Bole International Hotel has 79 bed rooms a 450 seater conference room and a a parking space for up to 20 cars.
The Guest of Honor Doctor Hirut Woldemariam minister of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism says an average of 1 hotel every month is inaugurated in Addis Ababa, expected to increase to about 4 hotels every month in the coming years.
Addis Bole International Hotel
She added that with 20 percent of new hotels meeting international standards, it could be a further boost to Ethiopia’s tourism ambitions. Renowned Artist Tewodros Kassahun “Teddy Afro” was also on attendance at the official opening of the hotel.
Already an Ethiopian Tourism Infrastructure Council chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn plans to make Ethiopia a top 10 tourism destination in the world in the coming decade.