Ethiopia Tourism earns $3.3 billion in 2016-2017

Ethiopia earned over $3.3 billion from tourism in the last Ethiopian fiscal year, as revealed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Public and International Relations Director at the Ministry, Gezahegn Abate stated the revenue was obtained from more than 886,000 tourists who visited the country.

The plan was to earn about $3.7 billion from one million visitors. During the specific period, the sector has created over 297,000 job opportunities.

Expansion of infrastructure at tourist sites is currently underway as part of activities to increase the income generated from the sector, Abate noted.

The East African nation has planned to earn $7 billion from the sector by attracting two million tourists at the end of the second Growth and Transformation Plan Period.