Journal of Tourism & Hospitality

Journal of Tourism & Hospitality
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Challenges of Community Inclusive Heritage Tourism Development in Ethiopia: Case Study in Enda-Eyesus Battlefield of the Pre-Adawa Victory

Getenet Gedefew Fetene* and Wahid Weldesamuel G

The nationwide battlefields are the important tourist attractions like Adawa of the Ethiopia. Menilek’s victory at Adwa not only preserved Ethiopian independence in the era of the Scramble for Africa, but gave his country greatly enhanced international recognition. Enda-Eyesus battlefield is pre Adawa victory during the struggle in1896. The place is historical heritage for Ethiopians and all black people in the world. It has a potential to be tourist destination. The main objective of the study was to investigate challenges of community inclusive heritage tourism development at Enda-Eyesus battlefield of the pre-Adawa victory in the first Ethiopia-Italian war (1895-96). Heritage tourism at Enda-Eyesus battlefield can provide opportunities in income generation however; the communities are not beneficiaries of the opportunities. In the investigation, mixed approaches qualitative and quantitative were employed. Questionnaires, interviews, focus group discussions, and library works were used as primary and secondary data gathering methods. Finding of the study verify that, the communities are not adequately benefited from opportunities due to confront or challenge. The challenges have identified and described with details in the study.

Published Date: 2020-02-11; Received Date: 2019-11-27