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Thursday 18 September 2014

ETHIOPIA UPDATE - shortened tour for 2014

This year in Ethiopia the plans have changed a little.  Because of the feedback we have received, this year the tour will be just two days.  Instead people have asked us to plan for a tour next year, giving more planning time for people who would love to see this amazing country.

Contact us to discuss visiting Ethiopia!

Sunday 31 August 2014

Here are the plans of World Laughter Master Belachew Girma for this year's laughter for peace celebrations in Addis Ababa.

WLM Belachew is inviting people from around the world to build together a vision for peace through laughter for the next generations.

There are two key dates:
  • 30th October – World Laughter Pledge international conference
  • 31st October – Ethiopia National Laughter Day, bringing together thousands of schoolchildren and community leaders to celebrate laughter.
There is then a laughter tour of southern Ethiopia. 

Details below. 

Please let me know if you can come.  Also please offer feedback on the idea.  I shall be there from 29th October!

Best wishes

UK Laughter Festival
Laughter Ambassador

  • Arrive 29th October in Addis Ababa.
  • Program in Addis Ababa 30-31st October.
  • Tour of southern Ethiopia with laughter graduates of WLM Belachew 1-8 November.
  • Depart on 9th November.
    Cost: US Dollars 1700, includes 
  • Transport from airport to hotel in Addis Ababa.  Hotel in Addis on 29th, 30th, 31st (possibly shared room).
  • Conference day with lunch.
  • Laughter tour.
  • Transport to the airport on 9th November.


Arrive 29th October in Addis Ababa.  Program in Addis Ababa 30-31st October.
Cost: free, and includes hotel in Addis on 29th only, and conference day with lunch.

Monday 28 July 2014





Dear Laughter Visitor

Your arrival should be on October 29th Wednesday.  October 30th is the World Laughter Pledge 11st International Meeting, and October 31st is Ethiopian National Laughter Day.  These will be in Addis Ababa.

The 3rd Ethio Laughter tour starts on Saturday 1st November, and over 8 days it visits the historical and tourist sites of southern Ethiopia, returning to Addis Ababa on 8th November.

We have already presented on July 3rd 2014 in the National Theater to the Culture and Tourism minister, H.E. Mr. Amin Abdurkadir, and to Deputy Ministers of Culture and all the tourism family about the 1st and 2nd Ethio laughter tours which are unique in the tourism history of Ethiopia.  The special welcome of the communities we have visited and the group spirit with laughter of all the people on the tour makes for very loving and fine memories.

The good news is the Ethiopian Air lines had set a discount for tourist related activity at 40%.

Typically for a tour in southern Ethiopia, a tourist can pay a minimum of 300 USD per day, but ours is part of our vision to bring more laughter to all human beings and at least focus on cost sharing.  So our package for 8 days is 1,700 USD which is 212 USD per day, including tourist fees.

The World Laughter Pledge meeting is free from any payment, and t-shirt and participant tags, food and expenses during the day are expected to be covered by sponsors. We hope more international media will be involved.  2-3 research papers are expected to be presented on laughter benefits and spreading mechanisms.

Registration will be on our web site: