Source: The reporter 22 August 2020
Haile Hotels and Resorts, the hotel chain owned by the athletics legend, Haile Gebreselassie, disclosed its plan to develop a world class resort in the lakeshore of Tana, Gorgora locality at a cost of more than one billion birr, it was learnt.
Gorgora is one of the three places where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) this week announced to transform into a tourist attraction.
Haile told The Reporter that his company is going to develop the resort on more than 10 hectares of land secured from the Amhara Regional State. There was an old hotel in Gorgora where former president of Ethiopia Mengistu Hailemariam used to visit in the 1980s.
Haile said the project includes the development of an artificial beach, a huge resort and villas. “It is a hidden paradise. The water is clean and deep. Former naval forces used train there. We want to restore the old prestige of that place,” he said. “It will be a world class resort and recreation center. We are contemplating to bring in foreign partners who will co-invest with us on the project. We may not attain the ambitious project all by ourselves,” he added.