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, […]

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 […]

Wyndham Hotel Group Appoints Daniel Ruff to Lead EMEA and Indian Ocean Regions

Daniel Ruff PRESS RELEASE PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Oct. 21, 2014) – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of Daniel Ruff as president and managing director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Indian Ocean regions. In this role, effective November 12, 2014, […]

Abyssinia Flight Spreads Wings as Three New Aircraft Join Fleet

Abyssinia Flight Services The company, which was founded back in 1999, provides pilot training and chartered flights. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Abyssinia Flight Services PLC (AFS) is expecting the arrival of three new aircraft at Bahir Dar International Airport on Sunday, October 19, 2014, from where they will continue to Addis Abeba International Airport on Monday. They purchased […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Star Alliance Members, Ethiopian and ANA, Launch Code-Share

Ethiopian India Press Release October 17, 2014-ANA, Japan’s leading airline group, and Ethiopian Airlines, the flag-carrier airline of Ethiopia, signed a code-share agreement. *Subject to relevant government approvals. From October 26, 2014, ANA passengers will be able to book connecting flights on Ethiopian Airlines between Addis Ababa and Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Nairobi and Mombasa […]

Community based Tourism growing in Ethiopia

Fitsum Community Tourism Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Ethiopian Tour Operators Association held a panel discussion on community based tourism on Tuesday September 30th at Capital Hotel where tour operators and stakeholders in the hospitality sector were present. The panel discussion was mainly focused on community based tourism and what needs to be done for it to develop […]

Hospitality business in the making

Hilton Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Back in the days of the emperors, Addis Ababa was able to host the first ever Etege Taitu Hotel, named after Empress Taitu, the wife of Emperor Menelik II. It opened doors some 116 years ago. The establishment of Taitu Hotel gave the capital a new face. A face of hospitality […]
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