ADDIS ABEBA – The e-visa service introduced two years ago has reawakened Ethiopian tourism industry, officials said, after over 200,000 foreigners visited the country using the e-visa service.
Ethiopian Airlines and the Ethiopian Immigration Services said the east African nation has opened its doors for foreign visitors wider than ever before with the introduction of e-visa service since June 2017.
The e-visa service enables travelers to secure e-visa in less than 6 hours with a short turnaround time at the airport.
More than 200,000 people from 217 countries visited Ethiopia so far using the e-visa service, according to a joint statement the airlines and immigration services issued on Wednesday.
“The 200,000 milestone is indicative of the fact that the number of visitors who use the digitized service is on the rise,” Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam said.
He said digitized service 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 edge to reap the benefits the industry offers, the statement reads.
The air connectivity Ethiopia enjoys as the hub of Ethiopian Airlines coupled with the mushrooming of hotels and lodgings in the country will further elevate Ethiopia as a preferred MICE hub, it added.