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Creating positive interaction between tourists and locals has several benefits for both tourists and locals in tourist destinations. It enables tourists to gain memorable experiences about destinations they visited and enhances the acceptance of tourists by local communities. It also increases economic benefits of local communities, facilitates smooth exchange of knowledge and experiences between citizens of different countries and the host community. Arrival of foreign tourists may have positive and negative influences on local communities. When you visit Ethiopia, you can maximize positive influences, maintain smooth relations with local communities, and go back home with memorable positive experiences. 

Ethiopia is a big multicultural nation. Although the country embraces several urban centers including Addis Ababa, about 80% of its population lives in rural areas. Tourists exploring the country are expected to be conscious of local cultural, religious and social norms, which will help to develop smooth relationships with the local communities. Tourists can develop smooth relationships by using a few Amharic words (and other local languages as appropriate) such as ‘Selam’, ‘tena-yestilign’, and ‘Amasegenalehu’: ‘hello’, ‘how are you?’, and ‘thank you’ respectively.

 

The cool natural forest of Kafa, an administrative zone in southern Ethiopia, is widely believed to be the origin of Coffea arabica. Forest coffee is still common in the Kafa region. Several versions of the story of the discovery of coffee abound but the most widely narrated story attributes the discovery of coffee to a local goat sheperd named Kaldi, who observed the excitement of his goats after eating coffee berries, who then confided his discovery to a monk in a nearby monastery.

 

The National Coffee Museum: The Kafa forest coffee is one of the four UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in Ethiopia, and the Coffee Museum is part of the Biosphere Reserve located in Bonga, the capital of the historic Kingdom of Kafa and the current headquarters of the Kafa Zone. The Museum has an information Centre, a coffee research Centre, and exhibition and meeting halls. It provides tourists with opportunities to learning about the history of Coffea arabica, and organizes visits to forest coffee

 

Similar to the elaborate coffee ceremonies, meals represent a social ritual. Sharing food and eating together is an important aspect of the Ethiopia cultures. Eating is a ‘moment of sharing, of caring and of showing respect for one another.’ Terms like enebla (let us eat), the widely used Amharic term, and haanyanu an Oromo equivalent, demonstrate the social importance of dining and wining together in Ethiopia. Though there are some changes in urban centers, Ethiopians still prefer eating together from the same plate. As a result of deep-rooted tradition associated with the ‘enebla’ culture, saying enebla iscommon while a person is dining in a restaurant. The country’s meals and food habits are as diverse as the culture, geography, and climate. Ethiopian has huge to develop gastronomy tourism food consumptions and drinking 

 

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