E-Visa boost tourist numbers in Ethiopia

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An Ethiopian Airlines plane waits to take off from the Bole International Airport in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

According to data from Ethiopian Airlines, the number of tourists now visiting the country is climbing since the introduction of the e-visa service back in June 2017.

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The air carrier said the boost is a result of cooperation between Ethiopian Airlines and Ethiopian Immigration Services.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebre Mariam said “the milestone in the number of travelers who visited Ethiopia through the e-visa service comes as good news to all of us in the tourism and travel industry.”

He said “the milestone is indicative of the fact that the number of visitors who use the digitized service is on the rise. This will bring more benefits to Ethiopia in terms of facilitating travel and promoting tourism, trade and investment to the country.”

The boom in the global meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions along with the e-visa service gives Ethiopia an edge to reap the benefits that the industry offers.

The air connectivity Ethiopia enjoys as the hub of Ethiopian Airlines Group coupled with the mushrooming of hotels and lodgings further elevates Ethiopia to be preferred destination, he noted.

In the past few years, Ethiopia has taken significant strides including the e-visa service towards making travel simple and seamless, he indicated.

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