ETHIOPIA REGISTERS 1.5 BILLION USD FROM TOURISM EARNINGS IN PAST NINE MONTHS

ADDIS ABABA, May 15 — Ethiopia has registered more than 1.5 billion US Dollars in earnings from tourism during the past nine months, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The stated amount was obtained from the 509,000 foreign tourists who visited Ethiopia during the reported period, said Culture and Tourism Minister Amin Abdulkader when he addressed a work performance evaluation forum here Wednesday.

He noted that the government had given due attention to the development of the tourism sector and this had resulted in a continuous growth in the number of tourists visiting the country.

State Minister for Culture and Tourism Tadelech Dalecho said Ethiopia had become one of the top 10 countries visited in the world because of the peace and stability prevalent in the country.

The income earned from the tourism sector had been growing by 12 per cent annually, following the construction of airports in various regions, she added.

The performance during the report period had exceeded that of same period last year and efforts are being exerted to earn more during the remaining months of the current fiscal year, she said.

SOURCE: ENA

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