(Xinhua) -- Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has
attracted over 650,000 tourists in the first three quarters of
the just completed Ethiopian fiscal year, according to Addis
Ababa city administration officials.
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa is
known for hosting various international and regional
organizations, which include the African Union (AU) headquarters
and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA).
According to a statement by the Addis
Ababa City Administration Culture and Tourism Office on Monday,
the city has registered an increase in the number of tourists
during the last decade.
The city administration, which had an
initial plan to attract 675,000 visitors during the just
completed 2016/2017 Ethiopian fiscal year, was able to
accomplish over 90 percent of its target by attracting over
650,000 tourists in the first nine months of the year, according
to Gebretsadik Hagos, head of Addis Ababa City Administration
Culture and Tourism Office.
According to Hagos, with an average of
12 days of stay in the capital, tourists from around the world
have frequently visited 13 attraction sites, including the
Ethiopian national museum.
Hagos further noted that the city
administration has implemented various measures in a bid to
augment the number of tourists, including an updated tourist map
and other guides.
The Ethiopian National Museum, located
at the heart of Addis Ababa, is one major tourist attraction
site for the east African country.
The historical and archeological
artifacts collection on show at the Ethiopian national museum is
ranked among the most important in sub-Saharan Africa. It is
also home to the most famous Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old human
ancestor of the hominid era.