If you are looking for international mass tourism, Eritrea is not the place for you. But it you are looking to visit a new country in which people are happy to see you, willing to share their culture and lives, there is no place in Africa quite like Eritrea. It is a traveler's place, rather than a tourist destination. What you will find is a new, dynamic country, friendliness and extremely good value for you money. This is the time to go if you are interested in seeking this part of the Horn of Africa.
Tourism will inevitably grow in Eritrea, but for the moment, most visitors are government officials, representatives of international organizations, Eritreans returning for visits after many years in exile, journalists, film makers, and those wise enough to know here is a fascinating part of Africa which offers incredible diversity in culture, climate and people.
This guide is an indispensable companion to tourists and travelers to Eritrea. It has especially taken into account the needs of business visitors of Eritrea. Papastein provides the reader with up to date and accurate information of the country, as well as the historical and political background necessary to understanding contemporary attitudes of what the tourist posters mean when they proclaim, "Eritrea: Three Seasons in Three hours!"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ROBERT PAPSTEIN is a photojournalist and historian who has lived and traveled extensively in Africa. He has covered Eritrea as a photojournalist and writer both before and after liberation. His book Eritrea Revolution at Dusk (The Red Sea Press, Inc. 1991), is a photographic and oral history of the last years of the Eritrean struggle for independence. Papstein currently teaches at he Free University in Amsterdam in Netherlands.