Ethiopia among Forbes’ post-Covid ‘Rising Stars in Travel’

18 Jun 2020

Ethiopia has been included among Forbes ‘Rising Stars in Travel‘, which feature seven countries that have potential to become major tourist destinations in a post-Covid world.

“As the global tourism industry struggles in the midst of this unprecedented downturn, many nations around the world are preparing for a boom in international visitors once travel is more feasible – for some countries, this could be their first opportunity to establish themselves as a prominent regional force for tourism,” Jared Ranahan said. “While the following countries have yet to become world-class destinations, the ingredients are all there – pristine natural beauty, historic ruins, and fascinating cultural experiences can be encountered in abundance across all seven of these highly underrated nations.”

“Ethiopia has the most fascinating historic background”

For Ethiopia, the report said, “Out of the 54 nations that make up Africa, one could make the argument that Ethiopia has the most fascinating historic background – it was the second civilization on earth to adopt Christianity, the only African nation to defeat a European power in battle and resist colonialism during the Scramble for Africa, and it’s believed that our earliest human ancestors first came from this fertile region.”

“Visitors to this unique country will find a truly diverse scope of natural beauty – the western edges of Ethiopia are home to lush rainforest, which quickly gives way to the towering peaks of the Ethiopian Highlands as one ventures east. If the rich history and spectacular natural sites don’t propel this nation to stardom, the national cuisine surely will – eating injera by hand is a cultural experience that everybody should take part in at least once in their life.”

In related news, Tourism Ethiopia said it has started spraying disinfectant on major tourist sites as part of efforts to slowly reopen tourist sites for visitors and contain the spread of Covid-19. “The more we deter the spread of the virus on tourist sites, the more we are ready to welcome visitors sooner,” the tourism body said.

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