African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 187

Full Length Research Paper

An assessment of potential resources of tourism development in Ethiopia: The case of Dejen Wereda

Atsbha Gebreigziabher Asmelash
  • Atsbha Gebreigziabher Asmelash
  • History and Heritage Management, College of Social Science and Humanities, Debre Markos University, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 14 October 2014
  •  Accepted: 24 March 2015
  •  Published: 30 April 2015


The main purpose of this paper is conduct survey study so as to reveal extent to which Dejen Wereda, which is one of the Weredas of East Gojjam Administrative Zone, has numerous tourist attraction sites. This study uncovers that the absence of research works in this Wereda, however, affected the development of tourism in the area. It recommends the preservation of the precious resources in Wereda so that they could be used as a source of income that would be generated from tourists visiting the area. Due to its geographical location, in and around Abay Gorge, Wereda has many potential tourism sites. Unfortunately, findings of the paper uncovers, having such and other vital tourism sites, Wereda hardly managed to generate good income. This is due to the reason that no adequate researches are conducted in the area and eventually most of these areas are not made public both to national and foreign tourists. In addition to this, there are lack of infrastructural facilities in the area. No attempt is made to create good awareness among the local people to preserve the potentials of tourism development in Wereda. The regional and national governments, employers of culture and tourism office of Dejen Wereda, the local people and other concerned bodies should actively involve in protecting the area from damages.

Key words: Tourism, resources, development.