More than 200,000 visitors arrive in Ethiopia on e-Visa
With the introduction of the e-Visa service back in June 2017, Ethiopia has opened its doors for foreign visitors wider than ever before. Ever since, the e-Visa service has redefined visitors’ travel experience, easing entry into the country with digitised service accessible from any part of the world. More than 200,000 people from 217 countries have visited Ethiopia so far using the e-visa service.
Backed by dedicated round-the-clock customer support via email, the e-Visa service enables travellers to secure an e-Visa in less than 6 hours with a short turnaround time at the airport.
“The milestone in the number of travellers who visited Ethiopia through the e-visa service comes as good news to all of us in the tourism and travel industry,” says Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The number of visitors who use the digitized service is on the rise. This will bring more benefits to Ethiopia in terms of facilitating travel and promoting tourism, trade and investment to the country.”
With the boom in the global Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) industry, the e-Visa service gives Ethiopia an opportunity to reap the benefits the industry offers.
The air connectivity Ethiopia enjoys as the hub of Ethiopian Airlines Group, coupled with the mushrooming of hotels and lodgings in the country, will further elevate Ethiopia as a preferred MICE hub.
In the past few years, Ethiopia has made travel simpler and seamless. Besides the e-Visa service, travellers flying Ethiopian also enjoy a seamless end-to-end service using the airline’s innovative mobile application.
To get your e-Visa, visit the Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department website at www.evisa.gov.et.
…Ethiopian Airlines carries 12.5m passengers
Ethiopian Airlines carried more than 12.5 million passengers during the last Ethiopian fiscal year, which ended on 7th July. Despite facing its biggest challenges in years, the airline remains profitable, and the number of passengers who use the airline continues to increase, said Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO.
According to a Reuters report, Ethiopian’s operating revenue jumped nearly 30% in the year to July 31, while the operating revenue jumped by 28.6% year on year to $3.9 billion.
The CEO said more works will be undertaken in this Ethiopian fiscal year to increase the global competitiveness of the airline.
He said five new airports will be built in different parts of Ethiopia, namely Debre Markos, Metu, Borena, Yabello and Mizan Aman.
He also said the airline will invest more than 5 billion birr this fiscal year alone, including for expansion projects.
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