Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive

Gonder Castle
BY AARON MAASHOWhen Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa. Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions as he seeks to attract tourists three decades...

Ethiopian Airlines clears final hurdle for Dublin-LAX

Ethiopian Boeing 737 Maxx
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest by fleet and operations, has finalized preparations to start flights to Dublin and Los Angeles (LAX) starting from June 2015 writes JOHN SAMBO. “Our new flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will play a critical role in the expansion of trade and tourism investment between the fast-growing continent of Africa, the...

Ethiopia?! Yes, Ethiopia. Right Now.

Blue Nile Falls
Close your eyes for a second, and picture Ethiopia. What do you see? I bet you three bucks you’re wrong. I’m willing to wage such high stakes given all the people that scrunched up their faces and went “Really, why would you want to go there?” as if I had blurted out that I wanted to visit downtown Baghdad.  And I get it, I really had no idea what Ethiopia was either. I had the Bob Geldof...

The Travel Show: Ethiopia, a great new frontier in tourism

Lush Ethiopia
Podcast: Ethiopia is easy to get to, with direct flights from London and Frankfurt. Next year, it will get even easier with a new Ethiopian Airlines route from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles making a stop in Dublin.

Have a ride on the wild side

Oryx at the Awash National Park.
By Mette H. Sommer About 225 kilometers east of Addis Ababa and about 6 hours of driving you will find the Awash National Park, a nature reserve, surrounded by beautiful mountains and grassland. Oryx at the Awash National Park. Not many foreign people do yet know about the fascinating experiences, which this area of Ethiopia offers, even though there are plenty of opportunities for visitors. First...

Dispatch: Ethiopia for First-Timers

Paradise Lodge overlooks Lake Abaya and a mountain called Jesus' Bridge. (Photo by David Cogswell)
Ignorance is not often considered an asset, but on this trip to Ethiopia I have the advantage of being able to report my impressions as a first-time visitor who knew very little about the country before I got on this NTA Product Development Trip this week. Paradise Lodge overlooks Lake Abaya and a mountain called Jesus’ Bridge. (Photo by David Cogswell) The schedule is full, leaving little time...

Addis Ababa: A travel destination under construction

  By Mette Sommer Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – These days it is inevitable not to feel the change in Addis Ababa. At every corner in the city, shopping malls or luxurious hotels are arising from the dust, which at the moment have turned Addis into a big building plot. But of course there is a reason for all this: One of Africa’s most important cities are about to turn into a modern capital as...

5 unexpected wine tourism destinations

Castel Rift Valley Wine
But great wines are also made where you may least expect them. When it comes to wine-themed tourism, certain destinations come to mind immediately: France’s Rhone Valley, Australia’s Yarra Valley, California’s Napa Valley. But great wines are also made where you may least expect them. Here’s the lowdown on wine production in five unexpected destinations, many of which are already popular among...

Ancient rock churches put Ethiopia back on tourist map

Bet Giyorgis, or Church of St George, which is shaped like a cross. Photograph: Rex
The world heritage site of Lalibela is key to Addis Ababa‘s plans to banish images of famine and boost visitor numbers. Bet Giyorgis, or Church of St George, which is shaped like a cross. Photograph: Rex Kiya Gezahegne joined an unruly, jostling throng surrounding a priest who wielded a 12th-century gold and bronze cross, one of the most sacred artefacts in Ethiopia. A young man shut his eyes...

Emirates Offers Upto 25% Discount to Ethiopian Travellers

Emirates Deal
Press Release Addis Ababa – 27th August 2014 – Emirates, a global connector of people and places, is offering Ethiopian travellers up to 25 percent discount on Business Class and Economy Class fares to a range of exciting destinations around the world. The special fares will apply when booked between August 27th and September 6th 2014 for travel period starting August 27th until December...