Ethiopian Airlines has recently rolled out stopover packages without any additional airfare that cater for all leisure needs with a view to promote tourism into Ethiopia.
Passengers travelling through Addis Ababa and continuing their journey to one of the destinations on Ethiopian network can now take advantage of stopover offerings from Ethiopian Holidays, the tour operator wing of Ethiopian Airlines, enabling them to discover and experience the many historical, cultural, religious and natural treasures of Ethiopia, Land of Origins. An online e-visa service for processing stopover visa is available for all international visitors to Ethiopia.
The packages range from sightseeing in Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, to visits to the pre-Christian era obelisks of Axum, medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the 9th century mosques of Harar, the castles of Gondar, the source of the Blue Nile, Simien Mountains, lake side resorts of Hawassa and Arba Minch, unique coffee farms of Kaffa, birth place of coffee, etc.
Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines said, “Ethiopian is working with all stakeholders in the tourism chain to make Ethiopia a tourism destination of choice. With its many riches, the world has yet to truly discover Ethiopia and tourism has the potential to become the main foreign currency generator for the country and a mass job creator for the youth. With the stopover packages, we aim to attract a significant portion of our transit customers in Addis as tourists and to considerably enhance the flow of tourism into the country.”