Journal of World Economic Research
Volume 8, Issue 1, June 2019, Pages: 17-24
Received: Apr. 6, 2019;
Accepted: May 23, 2019;
Published: Jun. 12, 2019
Views 180 Downloads 32
Abraham Kidane Tesfaye, Department of Tourism Management, Debre Berhan University, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
This paper had done as part of a course work called Culture Based Tourism and was also served as a requirement for a Master Degree Program in Tourism and Development in 2012. As a result, all the used data and facts in this article were collected and referred in the same year. The study focused on assessing the church museums as a tourist attraction in Addis Ababa. Out of the thirteen all types of museums of the city, six of them are owned and administered by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Museums are one of the tourism attractions where many tourists flock to perceive the culture and history of human predecessors. The research employed both primary and secondary data which were gathered using interview and thorough observation, published and unpublished written materials, respectively. Using these methods, the research has investigated the three church museums which differ from other church museums in terms of collection, number of visitors and history. Thus, the researcher has deliberately selected on the basis of the above criteria i.e. Ta’aka Be’ata Mariam, Genet Tsige Kudis Georgis and Saint Mariam church museums. They were thoroughly studied and findings were drawn. The research revealed that the church museums have had challenges concerning facilities, absence of promotion, handling of heritages, skilled man power and enticing tourists. Besides, the research also identified the opportunities of the church museums. The research concluded that the church museums could avert the challenges and could capitalize on the prospects if all stakeholders be it government, private and NGOs could play their own role in the promotion, conservation and human development for the betterment of the church museums. Similarly, the church and the community could also play their own part for the progress of the museums.
Abraham Kidane Tesfaye,
An Appraisal on the Church Museums of Addis Ababa as Tourist Attractions, Journal of World Economic Research.
Vol. 8, No. 1,
2019, pp. 17-24.
Copyright © 2019 Authors retain the copyright of this article.
This article is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Yesuf Abdullahi Sukkar (2004) “Some reflection on tourism in the less developed countries-the case of ethiopia”a presentation by, Ethiopian commissioner of tourism, at fourum Barcelona
(2009) “Tourism in Ethiopia and Tour Operators’ Profile” Economic and Business Affairs Directorate General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mengistu Gobeze. (2010a) ‘Bealem Kirsenet Yetemezegebu YeItiopia Yeberana Metsaheft ena Mezagebt,’ journal of Ethiopian church studies, no. 1, 29-39 (In Amharic)
Shimelis Bonsa Gulema. (2013) City as Nation: Imagining and Practicing Addis Ababa as a Modern and National Space. Northeast African Studies, Volume 13, Number 1, pp. 167-213
Ambrose, T. and Paine, C. (1993) Museum Basics, London; Rutledge.
Temesgen Burka. (2004) ‘The role of Museums and Galleries in Ethiopia’ MA Thesis; AAU.
Bahru Zewde. 2nd.ed. (1991) ‘A History of Modern Ethiopia 1855-1991,’ Oxford: James Currey.
Gilalu Mohammed. (2009) ‘survey study conducted over the museum of Ta’aka Negest Be’hata Mariam’ commissioned by Addis Ababa culture and Tourism Bureau. (In Amharic)
Theobald, W. ed.(2005) Global Tourism, 3rd ed., Amsterdam; Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann
Blanke, J. and Chiesa, T. (2009) ‘The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009,’ Geneva: World Economic Forum.
UNWTO world Tourism Barometer www.unwto.org/facts, statistical annex Advanced release 2011, p. 4-16.
Jafari, Jafar. (Ed.). (2000). Encyclopedia of Tourism. New york: Rutledge.
Herreman, Y. (1998) ‘Museums and Tourism; Culture and Consumption’ UNESCO
(2010) Museums and Tourism, National Museums Director’s Conference
Mersea Hazen. (1999) Yehagnaw Kifle Zemen Mebacha,’ Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa University Press.
Fikadu Fente. (2009) ‘Survey study conducted on the establishment of St. George Museum and service provision,’ commissioned by Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau (In Amharic)
Megistu Gobezie. (2010b) ‘Entoto St. Mary Museum: the oldest Ethiopian Church Museum’ journal of Ethiopian church studies, no. 1, 73-83
Ayalew Sisay. (1990 E. C) ‘The Ethiopian orthodox church heritages,’ Research paper presented on the Symposium Organized by Ethiopian Cultural Heritage Research and Conservation Authority (In Amharic)
Ewostatewos Wolde Aregawi, ed., (1981 E. C) ‘Zena Dabra Tsion of Addis Alem’, Addis Ababa; Development Infrastructure Organization, Dabra Tsion, Addis Alem (In Amharic)
(2008) ‘Entoto ena Yeturist Mesehbocha’ commissioned by Addis Ababa Tourism Commission (In Amharic)