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Ethiopia is slowly making its name in luxury tourism. The question is how fast will the rate of change be?

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Ethiopia has got a lot going for it in terms of luxury tourism. It’s a beautiful country with amazing food, but part of what makes it special, according to Skift contributor Samantha Shankman, is its unfamiliarity to most tourists.

This is the currency that high-end travelers trade in these days. It’s not about the exclusive hotels and swanky restaurants. It’s going to a place where none of your friends and colleagues have been.

Ethiopia certainly hits the spot, but it is changing. Those in charge of its tourism industry have a responsibility to make sure it develops in the right way for the people living there.

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— Patrick Whyte, Europe Editor

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Photo credit: Hara Langano Lodge, in Oromia, Ethiopia. The country is slowly opening up to luxury tourism. Ninara / Flickr

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