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  • Ethiopian Received Airline of the Year Award for the Fourth Year in a Row

    Ethiopian Airlines has been named for the fourth year in a row as the Airline of the Year by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) at its 47th Annual General Assembly held Tuesday, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

    The national carrier was awarded with its outstanding financial performance in 2014 and its ever expanding intra-Africa network and sound growth plan, reiterating its consistent profitability, and sound strategy, which has enabled the airline to enhance partnerships with fellow African airlines, showcasing ASKY and Malawian Airlines as successful multiple hub operators for the continent, the airlines said in a statement Wednesday.

    “First and foremost I would like to thank AFRAA, our continental Association, for the continued recognition of our superior performance. I would also like to thank the more than 9,000 strong employees who have worked 24/7 around the globe to make the airline a distinguished shining star on the skies. As a truly indigenous Pan-African airline bringing Africa together and connecting with the rest of the world continuously for the last seven decades, we are honored to receive this prestigious award for the last four consecutive years and it will energize us further to do more for the continent in our vision 2025 strategic road map,” the Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam remarked,

    He added, “Today Africa is on the rise, inhabiting the newly emerging fastest-growing economies and youngest population which could serve as a spring board to an enhanced future of the region. We pledge to sustain our commitment to expand our reach in our home market, Africa with a view to support to the continent’s socio-economic integration and development besides realizing the renaissance of our beloved continent.”

    Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline, including the APEX Passenger Choice Award, the most extensive survey of passengers in the industry, CAPA Airline of the Year Award, the Best Regional Airline Award by Air Transport World, to mention just a few.

    Ethiopian Airlines Press Release

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  • Ethiopia's first metro system - CNN VIDEO

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN)In Addis Ababa, a city of over 4 million people, the more traditional way of getting around has been in mini vans -- a cross between a bus and a taxi, that picks people up and drops them wherever they want to go. 

    But now, a newly opened urban metro service is set to transform the way people in Ethiopia's capital get to work. 

    The $475 million Light Rail Project is a joint venture between Ethiopia and China and the first of its kind for the city and sub-Saharan Africa. 

    "There has been a lot of positive economic development in the last 20 years," Dr Getachew Betru, CEO of Ethiopian Railways Corporation, told CNN. 

    At the moment that means taking 60,000 people who live in the suburbs and bringing them towards the center to work: "You would not imagine to have that in a sub-Saharan city". 

    Now passengers can hop aboard two lines that connect the east and west and north and south.

    Tickets cost up to 6 bir, around $0.27, and trains run between 6AM and midnight.

    "It's really exciting" says Behailu Sintayehu, Manager of the Light Rail Project. "Recalling the situation 3 years ago, it didn't feel like it would happen like this. We are in a hurry to open up the other line as soon as possible."

    For Sintayehu, the best part was the cooperation between the governments and the citizens: "The railway project came into the picture just after 100 years."

    The energy used for the metro service is generated from big dams, located all over the country: "We do not share the power from the city of Addis and also we will not have continuous interruptions or power shortage problems" adds Sintayehu.

    The initial stage of the operation is being overseen by the Chinese company Shenzen, as an exchange of skills and culture between Chinese and Ethiopian workers.

    Once completed, the light rail will connect up with the national train system of Ethiopia, and by 2025 there will be 5 thousand kilometers of track across the whole of the country.

    The long term goal is not just to connect Ethiopia, but to see the country connected to Djibouti, Sudan and Gabon.

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  • Ethiopian Airlines hires chinese cabin crew

    Ethiopian Airlines has begun hiring Chinese nationals as cabin crew in line with the airline's continued focus on building market share within the Asia-Africa market. As CCTV's Girum Chala reports, the airline is flying growing numbers of Chinese passengers and wants its staff to reflect its international customer base.

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  • Addis gets Africa’s first Marriott Executive Apartments

    Marriott International, in partnership with Sunshine Business Plc today inaugurated Africa’s first Marriott Executive Apartments in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

    The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa will appeal to both business and family travelers with 108 fully serviced Apartments offering space, ambience and the privacy of residential living enabling a comfortable stay away from home.

    “This is the latest in a series of important landmark hotel signings and openings we have made in Africa.” said Alex Kyriakides, president and managing director of Marriott International Middle East.

    Selamawit Samuel, Sunshine Business Owner & Executive Vice President said that they are very excited to be partnering with Marriott International to successfully open the properties in Africa.

    Solomon Taddesse, CEO of Ethiopian Tourism Organization said the government has prioritized the tourism sector and encourages global brands to invest in and also partner with Ethiopian firms.

    President Mulatu Teshome cut the ribbon, officially inaugurating Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa.

    The Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa will provide residents with a choice of one and two-bedroom elegantly furnished serviced Apartments, or the Penthouse Presidential Suite, each with a fully-equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and includes services such as housekeeping, grocery shopping and room service.

    For business travelers, the property provides multi function meeting rooms and over 160 square meters of event space.

    Source: AddisFortune 

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  • Africa’s highest hotel price point is Addis Ababa

    A survey of prices of international grade hotels in selected major African cities has revealed that Addis Ababa is the most expensive place for a good night’s sleep. The average rate in US$ (constant currency) for a hotel room in the first six months of this year in Addis Ababa was $231.78/ night.

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - A survey of prices of international grade hotels in selected major African cities, produced by hospitality research firm STR Global, ahead of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), taking place at the end of September, has revealed that Addis Ababa is the most expensive place for a good night’s sleep.
    The average rate in US$ (constant currency) for a hotel room in the first six months of this year in Addis Ababa was $231.78/ night. This compares with $215.75 for a room in Lagos, $144.76 in Nairobi, $122.30 in Cape Town, $105.73 in Casablanca, $103.54 in Cairo, $72.90 in Johannesburg and $70.70 in Sharm El Sheikh.

    When one notes that the price of a hotel room in Nairobi is almost double that in Jo’berg and the room rate in Addis is 60% more expensive than Nairobi, one is tempted to ask how prices can be so different.
    Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development, STR Global, says: “A great deal of the reason for the difference in rates across major African cities is simply supply and demand.” Addis Ababa has a shortage of top quality hotels. However, with the Ethiopian economy growing at a rapid rate of more than 10% per annum for the whole of the last decade, with more conferences coming to the city by virtue of its status as the seat of the African Union and with Ethiopian Airways on a similar growth trajectory to the country, thanks to new routes and increased passenger numbers, there is a high demand for premium hotel rooms. By comparison, Johannesburg is a long-established, sophisticated international city, with a large number of 5* hotels and a competitive market for accommodation.
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