Lonely Planet names Ethiopia among top ten des­ti­na­tions

East African Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY EABW RE­PORTER

The largest travel guide­book pub­lisher, Lonely Planet, cat­a­loged Ethiopia among the top ten 2017 world tourist des­ti­na­tions.

The travel pub­lisher in­di­cated that vis­i­tors would be over­whelmed by the beauty of coun­try’s scenery. It also high­lighted the re­ward­ing at­trac­tions: “Whether they [tourists] are trekking in the Semien Moun­tains to watch wildlife that roams nowhere else on Earth, climb­ing to a church carved into a re­mote cliff face in Tigray or boat­ing across the serene wa­ters of Lake Tana to visit an age-old monastery. The launch of new air­line links in 2017 would make the coun­try more ac­ces­si­ble than ever and urges tourists to be one of the first to hop on board, it said. Ethiopia be­ing the only African na­tion to make it to the es­teemed list, Canada, Colom­bia, Fin­land, Do­minica, Nepal, Ber­muda, Mon­go­lia, Oman and Myan­mar were also able to make the cut. Ac­cord­ing to Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism, Ethiopia en­vi­sions be­com­ing one of the best tourism des­ti­na­tions in the con­ti­nent. Tourism re­port­edly makes up five per­cent of coun­try’s GDP, reg­is­ters an av­er­age of ten per­cent growth ev­ery year and cre­ats more than a mil­lion jobs

Church-of-saint-georgel Lal­i­bela-ethiopia, the launch of new air­line links in 2017 would make the coun­try more ac­ces­si­ble than ever and urges tourists to be one of the first to hop on board.

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