A travel partnership or so-called Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Ethiopian Airlines and the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in the hope that a greater influx of tourists will travel between the two African nations.
Holidays to Tanzania are synonymous with exciting safaris and the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro and it is understood that the agreement will enable Tanzanian tour operators to offer consumers priority seating while possessing greater backing to promote the nations to lucrative markets in North America, Europe and Asia.
The new-found partnership is built upon a positive rapport between the nations and CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam said “Tanzania is one of the oldest African destinations of Ethiopian Airlines.
“We started flights to Dar-es-Salaam in 1966 and we were the first airline to operate to Kilimanjaro.
“We are excited by this partnership that will see Ethiopian Airlines and the TTB work together to increase traffic to the biggest tourism attractions in East Africa.”
At present, Ethiopian Airlines operates 42 weekly flights from Addis Ababa to Dar-es-Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar with a host of connecting services taking travellers beyond the continent to destinations such as London, Washington and Muscat.
With greater visibility in the travel market and cross-promotion between both Tanzania and Ethiopia, it is anticipated that more people will be able to enjoy journeys to attractions such as the Serengeti National Park and Arusha – a popular tourist town that actually received autonomous city status this year by President Mr Jakaya Kikwete.
Ethiopian Airlines is also a member of the stellar Star Alliance network – the world leader in global aviation.