Tourist arrivals in Ethiopia to increase by 5.7 pct in 2017: PwC
Tourist arrivals in Ethiopia in 2017 could reach 918,010, a 5.7 percent increase over 868,780 registered in 2016, a report said Wednesday.
More international routes opened by the national Air carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) contribute to the projected growth, according to a report released by British accounting watchdog PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
With a view to boost tourist arrivals in Ethiopia and increase ET’s domestic and international routes, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is undergoing expansion that will enable it to significantly increase its annual passenger handling capacity.
The 345-million-U.S.-dollar airport expansion project will increase its annual passenger handling capacity from the current 7 million to 22 million.
PwC also cited the rise in the number of international hotel brands in Addis Ababa and its increased reputation for conference tourism as factors for the projected growth.