About Us

The Catering & Tourism Training Institute (CTTI) was founded in 1969 by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the  Ethiopian Government with support from the government of Israel. The CCTI functions as an Institute of higher learning under the Ministry of Education. It is headed by a Director (Mr Ashebir Tekle), a Deputy Director, Head of Administration, Head of Academics and other departmental heads.

The original objective of the institute was to produce mid-level skilled professionals for the hospitality industry. However, as demand for skilled professionals grows, the institute has added short and long term upgrading courses for workers already in the industry.

The main activities of CTTI are as follows:

  • Provision of quality training for those planning to enter or those already associated with the hotel and tourism industry
  • Conducting research and consultancy for the hospitality industry
  • Provision of a scholarship program
  • Provision of benchmark models and practices for other training institutes

Currently the institute employs a total of 160 staff. These include management/administration staff, teaching staff and support services staff.


To enable the country to become a favorite tourist destination and benefit from its tourist sites, through producing qualified and competent professionals, by conducting research and consultancy for the hotel and tourism industry.

To become the first Catering and Tourism Training Center or institution in Eastern Africa by 2020, by providing highly skilled and qualified professionals through training, conducting research, and providing consultancy services to the hospitality industry.

In order to achieve the aforementioned mission, CTTI focuses on the following key goals:

  • To be a leader in hospitality training, respected worldwide
  • To conduct research and consultancy related to the hospitality industry
  • To be accredited by United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) as a “Center of Excellence”, and achieve membership of world-renowned international professional organizations
  • To utilize our available resources prudently and efficiently.


  • Respecting diversity
  • Hospitality
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Dynamism
  • High quality service
  • Inclusiveness