Ethiopia records highest tourism growth in 2018

 Ethiopia records highest tourism growth in 2018
Surpassing the global rate of 3.9% and the African average of 5.6%, the tourism sector supported 2.2 million jobs
Published: 5 November 2019 - 7:15 a.m.
By: Hotelier Middle East Staff

Ethiopia experienced the 'highest tourism growth in the world' with year on year growth of 48.5% for 2018 over 2017, data from the World Travel & Tourism Council revealed.

Surpassing the global rate of 3.9% and the African average of 5.6%, the tourism sector supported 2.2 million jobs and contributed $7.4 billion to Ethiopia's economy, a $2.2 billion increase over 2017.

Additionally, Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed recently won the 2019 Nobel Peace prize for his work in re-establishing good relations with neighbouring Eritrea, a former part of Ethiopia and that according to officials has helped further boost tourism.

WTTC’s president, Gloria Guevara identified aviation connectivity primarily with Ethiopian Airlines at its Addis Ababa hub, visa relaxation policies and the development of Addis Ababa as driving forces.

Grand Holidays Ethiopia’s CEO, Desale Mitiku Asfaw commented on the achievement: "We are experiencing more visitation due to the policies of Prime Minister Ahmed, our strong tourism products including the historic sites showcasing thousands of years of religious practices and millions of years of human history, our native tribes in the Omo region, our natural attractions such as Simien Mountains National Park and its native baboons, and the amazing food, music, and culture of Ethiopia. The Nobel Peace Prize is already drawing even more interest in Ethiopia."

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