Ethiopia earns $959 million from tourism

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia earned 959 million US dollars from tourists who visited the country in the first quarter of this Ethiopian fiscal year (July-September, 2017).

More than 256,000 tourists from the US, China, Germany and different African countries visited the country in the reported period, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT).

The quarterly revenue increased by 9.9 percent compared to the same period the preceding year since peace and stability have returned to normalcy in areas affected by conflict, Gezahegn Abate, Public and International Relations Director of MoCT told ENA.

The number of visitors had declined in the past two years as a result of the instabilities in some parts of the country, he said.

However, because of the joint efforts of the people, the government and regional bureaus, more tourists are coming to the country, he indicated.

The efforts made by the country’s embassies in promoting the new Ethiopia’s tourism brand, “Land of Origins” also contributed for the number of visitors to increase in the first quarter, according to Gezahegn.

Ethiopia envisaged attracting over one million tourists this fiscal year (2017/18).

Source: FBC