Increase in count of visitors from Oman to Ethiopia

March 11, 2015
Oman citizens and expatriates arrive in Ethiopia in huge numbers

According to a senior official belonging to Ethiopian Airlines in Muscat, Omanis are increasingly being drawn towards Ethiopia and so is the migrant community in Oman. Sam Muctar, the country’s manager of the Airlines said that the count of travelers to Ethiopia is increasing by 10% every year. This scenario has changed with the start of direct flights from Muscat. With the rise in the number of people coming to Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines is planning to give a fillip to the market in Oman. 

Muctar added that they had begun an alluring package to the country as well as processing Ethiopian visas at Ruwi, their local office. Oman citizens need a visa to go to Ethiopia whereas Indian nationals get a VoA in Ethiopia. Overall, 10,000 people arrived at this African nation last year and Muctar believes that this number will increase by an estimated 10% in 2015.

Muctar went on to say that what made Ethiopia unique are its dramatic landscapes. Simien Mountains National Park and Bale Mountains National Park both of which proffer immense opportunities for trekking and offers animal lovers to interact with the dozens of birds and animals. Other attractions included Danakil Depression in Northern part of Ethiopia which is good for adventure seekers. Some of Africa’s most spellbinding tribes are found in the sultry southwest. There is even a live volcano located at Dallol.

Muctar further said that apart from Ethiopia, they were scrutinizing Tanzania and Kenya with a keen eye as travelers came here to enjoy the famous wildlife and safaris. The reason behind this move is that they have superior connectivity with most major cities in Africa. It is a member of Star Alliance, the most famous and biggest airline network in Africa, spread across 80 destinations around the world. It covers Toronto, London, Muscat, Washington, Sao Paulo, Beijing and most major African cities as well as 17 cities in Ethiopia. As per a travel agency, this East African destination has been concluded to be the most emerging place in 2015.

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