Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Named among Top 10 Cities

Lonely Planet, the world’s most successful travel publisher, this week released its “Best in 2013” rankings for the coming year. A team of travel experts, authors, commissioning editors and selected members of Lonely Planet’s travel community collaborated to determine the top 10 cities throughout the world, and selected Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among them. Addis was lauded for its “multifaceted assets” by Lonely Planet, which also named the city best for “culture, food, value for money.”

The capital of Ethiopia, Addis serves as the hub for Ethiopian Airlines, which is one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa and which offers connecting service to more countries and airports within Africa than any other airline. Beyond having this bustling metropolis as its main destination, Ethiopian Airlines offers Americans another “best in travel”: for passengers traveling from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Addis Ababa (ADD) and beyond, the airline offers non-stop flights to Addis on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s most advanced commercial aircraft.
“ EAL is proud to fly travelers to one of the world’s Top 10 Cities, and to do so on one of the world’s most state-of-the-art airplanes,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Office of Ethiopian Airlines. “We wholeheartedly agree with Lonely Planet’s choice of Addis Ababa as one of the Best in Travel for 2013, and we look forward to welcoming travelers from all over the world to our thriving city.”   For Lonely Planet’s complete list of Top 10 Cities, see

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