Chinese tourists contribute $37.2 million to Ethiopia in 2020
01/20/2021|5:12:20 PM|Xinhua

Ethiopia recorded around 37.2 million U.S. dollars in revenue from 9,925 Chinese tourists in 2020, the Ethiopia Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT) disclosed on Tuesday.

China is the second largest source of tourists visiting Ethiopia, only after the United States.

Ethiopia earned 37.2 million U.S. dollars from Chinese tourists in 2020 who came to Ethiopia for a range of purposes including conferences, business trips and seeking leisure.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, the Ethiopian Ambassador to China Teshome Toga, disclosed Ethiopia is working with Chinese tour operators in promoting Ethiopia's tourism sites to the estimated 160 million plus outbound Chinese tourists.

Toga said with the state-owned Ethiopian Airlines being the only African air carrier travelling to five Chinese destinations, the potential to attract more Chinese tourists is enormous.

"We're working with Chinese tour operators in promoting Ethiopia's tourism potential and when the situation with COVID-19 improves, we would like to boost Chinese tourist arrivals to Ethiopia," he further said.

Ethiopian Airlines operates passenger and cargo services to five Chinese destinations -- Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou. It also plans to start passenger flights to Shenzhen and Chongqing.

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