Published on : Thursday, November 17, 2016
Earlier this year, Germany and several other countries had issued a travel advisory to warn its citizens to defer travel to Ethiopia resulting from unrest in parts of the country.
However, a number of these countries had lifted travel warnings they had issued as peace and stability was restored in the country.
Many believe that the warnings issued by countries and cancellations of bookings following the unrest had affected the tourism sector in Ethiopia, Bernama reported.
Getnet Yigzaw, the head of public relations at the Ethiopian Tourism Organization, says the decline during the reported period, which coincided with the first quarter of the Ethiopian fiscal year, was not severe with tourist arrival figures during the quarter declining by just 1.0 per cent compared with the previous corresponding period.
The peak summer season for visitors between June and August is marked by heavy rain in Ethiopia, making it not a favourable time for tourists and as a result, tourist arrivals usually declines in that period, Getnet said.
The tourism season in Ethiopia usually starts following the beginning of the Ethiopian summer season, with tourist numbers expected to increase starting from October, Getnet added.