Ethiopian Airlines has revealed a new “Stopover Package” for passengers connecting through its Addis Ababa hub. The program officially launched on August 1.

The package, which does not raise the cost of an airfare, caters to leisure travellers in order to promote tourism in Ethiopia. When a passenger is flying through Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines, the Stopover Package allows the passenger to leave the airport and visit historical, cultural, religious, and natural tourist attractions around the city before returning to the airport to continue to their final destinations.

“Ethiopian is working with all stakeholders in the tourism chain to make Ethiopia a tourism destination of choice. With its many riches, the world has yet to truly discover Ethiopia and tourism has the potential to become the main foreign currency generator for the country and a mass job creator for the youth,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “With the Stopover Packages, we aim to attract a significant portion of our transit customers in Addis as tourists and to considerably enhance the flow of tourism into the country.”

The Stopover Package is offered by Ethiopian Holidays, the tour operator sector of Ethiopian Airlines. Available offerings include sightseeing in Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa; visits to the pre-Christian era obelisks of Axum; tours of the stunning medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; travel through the amazing 9th century mosques of Harar; trips to the majestic castles of Gondar; visits to the stunning source of the Blue Nile; hiking in the jaw-dropping Simien Mountains; relaxing at lakeside resorts of Hawassa and Arba Minch; or travel to the unique coffee farms of Kaffa, which is supposedly the birthplace of coffee; and more.

Stopover Packages should show up as a pop-up option on Ethiopian Air’s website when passengers book flights that travel through Addis Ababa. The tours can also be purchased directly through the Ethiopian Holidays website.

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Ethiopian Airlines Launches Tourism-Minded “Stopover Package”

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