PM Abiy Ahmed (C) along with Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew (L) and chairman of the Group's board of management Girma Wake (R).

Skylight Becomes Ethiopia’s Largest Hotel after Expansion

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines Group boasts of having the largest hotel in Africa after inaugurating the second phase of the Skylight Hotel.

The Airlines held the grand opening of the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel II on Friday, which has increased the hotel’s number of rooms by 627 to a total of 1,024.

The hotel has now taken over Ethiopia’s largest hotel status from Sheraton Addis – a Luxury Collection Hotel in the capital with 295 rooms.

The grand opening of the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel Phase II was attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, along with senior government and Ethiopian Airlines Group officials.

This “is a testimony that Addis Ababa is a key continental hub for travel with adequate facilities to cater to a global audience,” the PM said.

CEO: ‘Proud to Africa’s largest hotel’

Ethiopian Airlines Group invested 155 million US Dollars on the second phase of the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel which also incorporates meeting and event facilities that can accommodate from small to up to 5000 guests.

It also houses 19 food and beverage outlets including Ethiopian, Italian, Arabian, and Asian restaurants, coffee houses, and bars.

The Group’s CEO Mesfin Tasew was particularly pleased with the increasing capacity of the Hotel to host guests.

“With Skylight Hotel having more than 1000 rooms and several other facilities, we can now proudly say that we have the largest hotel in the African continent,” he said.

‘A Contribution to Ethiopia’s Tourism

The hotel is a part of the Ethiopian Hotel and Tourism Service – which is among the seven business units owned by Ethiopian Airlines Group.

The first phase of the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, built at a cost of $65 million, started providing services in 2019 with 373 rooms.

This facility has been “providing a wide range of luxury experiences to its guests”, Mesfin said, adding that “with the completion of the second phase, more five-star facilities and experiences will be available.”

Skyline Hotel is located just five minutes walk away from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, which serves as a hub for Ethiopian Airlines.

The airlines expect the hotel would help tourism authorities an opportunity to leverage millions of passengers annually transiting through the Airport to visit Ethiopia.

“It takes our contribution to Ethiopia’s tourism sector a step higher,” CEO Mesfin said.

In Sept last year, Ethiopian inaugurated a Five-Star In-Terminal Hotel with 97 modern and luxurious rooms, a restaurant, a meeting space, and other facilities within the airport Departure Terminal 2. It is managed under Ethiopian Skylight Hotel.

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