Ethiopian Airlines honored the 15 top performing travel agencies and consolidators in 2007 during a celebration marking the anniversary of 10 years of service from the United States to Ethiopia.
Over 200 attended the event, including travel industry executives, diplomats, and members of the press, to commemorate the anniversary and honor the agencies. Presenting the awards on behalf of Ethiopian Airlines was Chief Operating Officer Tewolde Gebremariam.
The agencies honored are Adam Travel, Alexandria, VA.; Addis Travel Services, St. Paul; Fana Travel, Washington, D.C.; International Air Consolidators, Dallas, TX; Just Fares.com, Seattle; Menno Travel Services, Goshen, IN.; Nile Travel and Tours, Arlington, VA. Norman’s Wholesale Travel, New York; Royal Wings, Denver; Sky View Travel, New York; Susan Parr Travel, Port Angeles, WA; Travel & Tours International, Washington, D.C.; Travel for Less, Fremont CA; World Travel Center, Seattle; and Worldwide Travel, Washington, D.C.
“Travel Agencies are continuing to be successful by introducing travelers to the historical, cultural and natural significance of destinations like Ethiopia,” said William A. Maloney, executive vice president and COO of ASTA. “I am thrilled to see Ethiopian Airlines acknowledges the contributions of travel agents to their business.”
The agencies’ success has been generated by successfully selling Ethiopia to leisure travelers, religious groups, the Ethiopian diaspora and business travelers. Currently, agencies are able to book direct flights from Washington-Dulles International Airport to Addis Ababa with connections to 49 additional international destinations and 15 destinations within Ethiopia.