BY MATHIAS RINGA
Ethiopian Airlines has rolled out stopover packages without any additional airfare that cater for all leisure needs as part of efforts to promote tourism in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian national carrier’s stopover packages took effect on August 1, 2018.
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 the airline.
This will enable the travellers 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 at https://www.evisa.gov.et/.
The packages range from sightseeing in Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, to visits to the pre-Christian era obelisks of Axum, the stunning medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the amazing 9th century mosques of Harar.
Other must-see attractions include the majestic castles of Gondar, the stunning source of the Blue Nile, the jaw-dropping Simien Mountains, the splendor of the lake side resorts of Hawassa and Arba Minch, or the unique coffee farms of Kaffa, the birth place of coffee.
Group chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “Ethiopian is working with all stakeholders in the tourism chain to make Ethiopia a tourist 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 visitors into the country.”
The stopover packages are easily accessible on the airline’s website, www.