Ethiopia earns $1.4 billion from tourism in six months
London, Feb. 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ethiopia says it grossed a staggering $1.4 billion dollars from tourism according to a report by the state-affiliated FBC
The report said the figure was in respect of the second half of 2018 (July – December, 2018). The figure, however, fell short of the government’s projected target.
The plan was to secure 2.7 billion US dollars but the country managed to attain 53% of its target by earning 1.4 billion US dollars, Minister of culture Hirut Kassa was quoted as saying
In terms of figures, about 380,376 foreign tourists visited Ethiopia’s tourist attraction sites in the said period.
Ethiopia’s tourism had suffered the effect of anti-government protests that affected the industry after multiple state of emergencies were declared to quell the 2015 – 2018 protests.
Under the current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia has opened up the sector particularly to Africans with different initiatives
One of such is a visa-free regime plus issuance of e-visas. They have been identified as key boosters to the sector in the coming years.