Meet the Tour Operator: Dr. Yohannes Zeleke

Yohannes Zeleke is a man of many hats, including the one above. (Photo by David Cogswell) - When you hang with somebody,  when you get down, travel around, eat meals together, hike around, discuss, argue, dance, drink, sing, laugh and various other things, you don’t often think about the initials after people’s names. But in truth Yohannes Zeleke, a member of the party that traveled to Ethiopia on the recent NTA Product Development trip, […]

Green Land Tours Ethiopia: Your Tour Guide in Ethiopia

Dario Morello (Photo: Interview with Dario Morello, CEO of Green Land Tours and Hotels (Ethiopia) What is your overview of the tourism industry in Ethiopia and the outlook for 2014 and beyond? Tourism in Ethiopia has been growing in the past few years. Previously, Ethiopia was not very well-known in the tourism industry but for the past year […]

Ethiopian Tour operators optimistic of new institutions

Ethiopian Tour Operators Association (ETOA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The recent establishment of three institutions, the tourism council, tourism board and tourism agency, have raised the hopes of tour operators that it will address the problems they face and allow the sector to flourish. At a discussion forum the Ethiopian Tour Operators Association (ETOA) held at the Jupiter Hotel [on […]

ET Holiday: a sore issue with tour operators

Ethiopian Tour Operators Association (ETOA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Ethiopian Tour Operators’ Association (ETOA) and private tour operators have gotten into a dispute following the Air Transport giant’s entry into the local tour operations market through its newly-formed ET Holiday Division. Recently, ET and the association discussed issues concerning how to handle tour operations together, but ET unilaterally […]

World’s Largest Online African Safari Resource Launched

Safari Bookings With more than 2,200 unique user reviews, over 750 expert reviews from renown safari veterans and an unmatched collection of both editorial and visual information, instantly became one of the world’s largest African Safari resources the moment it went public. The Netherlands (PRWEB) February 01, 2013 - With more than 2,200 unique user reviews, over 750 […]

Travelong Receives Outstanding Sales Award From Ethiopian Airlines

Travelong NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwire) —  Travelong, a full service travel agency under the Fareportal portfolio of brands that includes CheapOair, announced today that Ethiopian Airlines named them one of the airline’s top selling travel agencies for the year. Travelong was ranked at number eight on the list for outstanding sales. “We are honored to receive […]

The Death Of A Good Travel Companion

Mohammed Jami Guleid (Photo: Sean McLachlan ) by Sean McLachlan This week I learned the sad news that a friend and coworker in Harar, Ethiopia, had died. Mohammed Jami Guleid helped me out countless times while I explored the Horn of Africa. If you enjoyed my series on Somaliland or Harar, you have him to thank. I first met “Dake,” as everyone […]

Adventure tour operators create new opportunities in the US

Whitewater Rafting Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) has announced a partnership with Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA) to offer new adventure tour-related services to those intent on injecting some excitement into their holidays. Austin-Lehman Adventures is an outward-bound tour company and Eastern Mountain Sports is a sports emporium. The association between the two companies will see ALA becoming EMS’ exclusive ‘adventure travel partner […]

Tour operators victorious in tax controversy

Ethiopian Tour Operators Association (ETOA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) has sided with the tour operators. Sources close to the issue said that the Ministry office and the Ethiopian Tour Operators Association (ETOA) have reached consensus following the discussions held between MoFED officials and the association. According to the sources, the association wrote a […]

Tour operators appeal airport ban

ETOA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopian tour operators are complaining that the suspension of entrance to non-travelers to the Bole International Airport Terminal over the past two months is obstructing their duties. The tour operators contended that the ban on entrance to non-travelers has created difficulties in receiving and handling prospective customers and their luggage, especially those […]
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