China tourists
China tourists

The Ethiopian government has invited more Chinese tourists to visit the country’s major tourism attraction sites amid the growing number of Chinese tourists in the East African country.

This came as the Ethiopian government organized a tourism promotion forum in China’s Henan province, the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing, capital of China disclosed in a statement issued on Friday.

The Ethiopian tourism promotion forum that was held this week in Henan, “aimed at presenting the Land of Origins to the major tour operators and travel agents of Henan province and deepening the bond of friendship and boosting tourism exchange between the two countries,” the statement read.

As Ethiopia aspires to significantly increase the number of foreign tourists. Chinese nationals are currently among the top three in the country’s tourism sector, only next to that of US and the UK.

Ethiopia recorded 169.6 million U.S. dollars in revenue from 45,307 Chinese tourists who visited the country last year, up from 164 million dollars from 43,693 Chinese tourists in 2016, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Gezahegn Abate, Public and International Relations Director at the ministry, told Xinhua recently that the Ethiopian government is “encouraging Chinese investment in Ethiopia’s hospitality sector with a view to dramatically increasing the number of Chinese tourists.”

The ministry further announced its hopes that the increasing flight connection between Ethiopia and China “will help sustain the steady increase of Chinese tourists to Ethiopia.”

Ethiopian Airlines now operates daily passenger flights from Addis Ababa to Guangzhou and Beijing, and three times-a-week passenger flights to Chengdu, as well as daily passenger and cargo flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The Ethiopian national carrier had also recently disclosed its plan to start passenger flights to Shenzhen and cargo flights to Zhengzhou. Enditem

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