Ethiopian Airlines has started to roll out a series of stopover packages, without any additional airfare, with a view to promote tourism into Ethiopia.

Passengers travelling through Addis Ababa and continuing their journey on to other destinations on the airline’s network can now take advantage of stopover offerings from Ethiopian Holidays, the tour operator wing of Ethiopian Airlines.

This means travellers can discover and experience the historical, cultural, religious and natural treasures of Ethiopia. Packages range from sightseeing in Addis Ababa to visits to the pre-Christian era obelisks of Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the ninth century mosques of Harar, the castles of Gondar, the source of the Blue Nile, the Simien Mountains, the lake side resorts of Hawassa and Arba Minch, or the coffee farms of Kaffa, and more.

An online e-visa service for processing stopover visas is available for all international visitors to the country at www.evisa.gov.etevisa.gov.et

Tewolde Gebremariam, group CEO of the company, said: “Ethiopian is working with all stakeholders in the tourism chain to make Ethiopia a tourism 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 tourism into the country.”

The stopover packages can be found at www.ethiopianairlines.com and will pop-up as an option when flights transiting through Addis Ababa are being booked.

They can also be accessed directly at www.ethiopianholidays.com

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