US President held talks with CEO of Ethiopian (press release)

H.E. President Barak H. Obama and Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam held  discussions at Bole International Airport beside the B787 Dreamliner Aircraft.

The President was very happy to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Ethiopian flag and he thanked Ethiopian Airlines for being a very good longtime customer of Boeing and the USA. He said he has visited the factories in which they are made.He asked for the number of B-787 Dreamliners’ ET operates and Ato Tewolde  replied to the President that Ethiopian has 13 in service and 8 on order.obama_1 (2)

 

They also discussed on the performance of the B-787 Dreamliners. Our group CEO explained as follows: 

·       Very popular among customers,

·       More humidity in the air which reduces fatigue and dryness,

·       Largest windows in the air,

·       Quietest airplane in its category,

·       Saves 20% fuel burn from other airplanes in its category,

       ·       Most environmental friendly airplane.

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There was also discussions in  honor of Colonel Robinson and in recognition to what he has done for Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people. Ethiopian Airlines has decided to name one of its airplanes after him.

 

The president was interested to know the most profitable routes in relation to Ethiopian’s vast network. Group CEO briefed him mentioning some examples including Washington DC, Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhou, Hong Kong, Luanda  etc..

 

Ato Tewolde further explained to H.E. President Obama that Ethiopian is flying to 91 international destinations in five continents, (Washington DC and Los Angeles in the USA and Toronto in Canada, 52 destinations in Africa, 24 destinations in the middle East and Asia and 12 destinations in Europe).

 

Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines has also emphasized  on intensifying further the already on- going efforts to re-open the USA Exim Bank as it is ET’s main guarantor of the loans used to purchase  Boeing Airplanes.

 

Finally, President Obama congratulated Ethiopian Airlines for successfully running the largest airline in Africa.

Forget sunny Spain, enchanting Thailand and the romance of France: Ethiopia is named ‘World’s Best Tourism Destination’

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Ethiopia has nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, which were heralded by the commission.

Tourism was defined as a tool for poverty eradication, for local community development and for economic independence is a successful strategy.

Ethiopia’s goal is to boost tourist revenues to $3 billion this year – in 2013 revenues from tourism were at $2 billion.

And, if it achieves that, it will start challenging the dominance of regional rivals on Africa’s eastern seaboard, such as Kenya and Tanzania.visitethiopia

But instead of beach holidays and safaris, land-locked Ethiopia is promoting its imperial past – the below ground 13th century churches of Lalibela, hewn from solid rock, and the hill castles of Gondar – as well as its mountainous and majestic topography.

Visitor numbers have risen 12 percent a year in the past decade to reach 600,000 in 2014. The target at the end of this year is one million.

In the capital of Addis Ababa, the transformation from the starvation years and the ‘Red Terror’ purges of the 1970s and 1980s is plain to see. Construction is booming and a metro opens next year, cutting through the sprawling city — the only such network in sub-Saharan Africa.

The commission praised the the excellent preservation of humanity landmarks such as: ruins of the city of Aksum- the heart of ancient Ethiopia, Fasil Ghebbi- the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th century, Harar Jugol- 82 mosques, 102 shrines, and unique interior design in the townhouses and Lalibela – holy site encompassing 11 medieval stone carved churches from the 13th century.

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VISISTETHIOPIANEW2015(CNN)You would be forgiven for thinking it was Spain, Thailand or Italy. But this year the accolade of World Best Tourism Destination has been given to a surprising candidate: Ethiopia.

The country has been praised for its outstanding natural beauty, dramatic landscapes and ancient culture, leading the European Council on Tourism and Trade to select it out of 31 countries as this year’s top holiday spot.

 



Ethiopia has been voted the world’s best tourism destination for 2015

cropped-top-logo.pngEthiopia has been chosen as this year’s top destination in the world for tourists by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), a non-profit group of European Union tourism trade organizations.

Africa’s second-most populated country was chosen for its “excellent preservation of humanity landmarks” such as the ruins of the city of Aksum, known as the heart of ancient Ethiopia, and Fasil Ghebbi, which served as the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th century.

It is also home to Harar Jugol—considered the fourth holiest Islamic city with 82 mosques, 102 shrines, and unique interior design in the townhouses—and Lalibela, a holy site encompassing 11 medieval stone carved churches from the 13th century.

The Church of St. George at Lalibela in Ethiopia.(AP Photo/Jenny Barchfield)

Other sites include the Konso Cultural Landscape (containing 55 kilometers of stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements) and Lower Valley of the Awash, where the fossil remains of Lucy were discovered.

All these sites are registered as UNESCO World heritage monuments.

In addition to heritage sites, Ethiopia is recognized for its natural parks and reservations, including the Simien National Park.

The Ethiopian embassy celebrated the award with a tweet including some of the country’s popular tourist spots.