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Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has assured that the government will provide the necessary support to international hospitality group Hilton Hotels in its efforts to expand its services in this country.
During talks here Wednesday with the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Worldwide Inc., Christopher Nassetta, Hailemariam stressed the need for the hotel chain to expand its services here as Ethiopia was a country, which hosted a significant number of international and regional meetings every year.
Ethiopia is also a destination for thousands of visitors, said Hailemariam, who stressed that the government would provide its full support to the hotel chain in its efforts to expand its services.
He also called on Hilton Worldwide to contribute to the ongoing efforts to build up the good image of the country, according to the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dina Mufti, who briefed the media on the discussions.
The spokesman said it was the first time that Nassetta was visiting Africa although Hilton had been providing quality services for the past over 50 years in the country.
Ethiopia's economic growth created opportunities for expansion of the hotel industry in the country.
Nassetta said activities were underway to construct additional Hilton hotels in Africa and Ethiopia is one of the countries given priority for this purpose. Hilton Worldwide has more than 4,000 hotels across the world, including 33 in Africa.
Source: Bernama - Malaysian National News Agency