Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) - Ethiopia earned $462 million from tourism during the last Ethiopian budget year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Public and International Relations Directorate Director with the Ministry, Awoke Tenaw, told WIC the revenue was earned from 584,000 tourists who visited various tourist attraction sites in the country. He said that the majority of the tourists came from the US, England, Germany, France and Italy.
The income earned showed a 69% increase compared to last year, while the number of tourists has grown by 14% during the same period. Awoke attributed the increase both in revenue and tourist flow to the promotion and infrastructural development activities carried out in tourist destination areas.
According to the director, the sector has created 224,000 jobs.