About NTO

Ethiopia Land of Origins!

National Tour Operation and Travel Agency

Ethiopia is endowed with various combination of tourist attractions cultural historical natural & man-made and impressive scenery suitable climate rich flora & fauna and recognized archaeological find sites. Tourism as an economic activity in Ethiopia was started in the early 1960’s . by the time, the government established some important Organization because of the increased number of inbound tourist consecutively in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

In 1964, Ethiopia’s Tourist organization was established.
In 1966 the first Tourist master plan was prepared.
In 1971 the Ethiopian Tourist Trading S.C. was established
In 1982 National Tour Operation and travel Agency Enterprise (NTO) was official established
In1963 the number of inbound tourist arrivals was 19.215. After ten years (in 1973), it reached 73,662. Nevertheless, during next four years the number of tourists tended to decline year after year due to the government’s ideology and natural hazard (such as famine) that changed the country’s image in major tourist source countries.

After the announcement of mixed economy in 1989 and the free market economy a few years later by EPRDF government, Ethiopia became open for tourists from all parts of the world. The policy also allowed the participation, of private investors in the tourism sector.

Since then many tour operators and travel agencies mushroomed in the service, and NTO no more had the monopoly power However, NTO is not only the precursor in the tourism sector in Ethiopia, but also considered by many as a national tourism service identity and pride for more than 30 years.

NTO generates 80% of its income in foreign exchange and thus has been given due attention by PPESA and privatized since January 2010.Currently there are more than 169 licensed & qualified tour operators in the market and of them were established after 1998.

With three decades experience in the tourism sector and its worldwide corporate image, NTO has a vision to be one of the leading tour operator’s travel agencies in East Africa. Privatized in 2010 and wholly Ethiopia owned by the biggest car rental company in Ethiopia ABC plc. NTO is now equipped with the following type of brand new vehicles: 4 4’s, luxury, vans, buses and trucks.

VISION
NTO’s vision is to become one of the leading tour operators in East Africa offering a high quality service and building a long term business relationship with its international partner.

MISSION
NTO’s mission is to offer high level services in order to achieve total client satisfaction and promote the image of Ethiopia as an unequaled tourism destination in the world.

Whats unique about National Tour Operations Travel Company?

Mastering the art of tourist hospitality for over 35+ years in Ethiopia!

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Timely Response For Inquiries

Our brand is recognized for timely, precise and accurate response to all our touring quires from all over the globe. With highly experienced travel agent we deliver outstanding services.

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Experts in Ethiopian Natural scenery

NTO is renowned for its tour operators that know and understand the nation's culture with in-depth wisdom of the Ethiopian flora and fauna.

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The oldest and globally recognized

NTO has been operating for over 35 years hosting tourist of every generation from all over the world with divrse walks of life.

Camping Trip

Most of the time when tourists go most remote sites like parks and pristine areas, they set up camps. But for recreation purpose camping in near areas especially at night…

Desert

Bubbling volcanoes light up the night sky, sulfurous mounds of yellow contort into other-worldly shapes, and mirages of camels cross lakes of salt. Lying 100m and more below sea level,…

City Tours

Take an 8-hour tour of Addis Ababa City with a guide. See several points of interest and landmarks. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off. The tour starts with…

Events

Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany), which falls on the 19th of January is the day when Christians celebrate the baptism of Christ. It's a three-day festival and all the ceremonies are conducted…

Historic

Details on the origins of all the peoples that make up the population of highland Ethiopia were still matters for research and debate in the early 1990s. Anthropologists believe that…

Resourceful Tour Operator

Our Experience and Resources are the Secret Weapons behind our Success.

An impressive portfolio

With three decades experience in the tourism sector and its worldwide corporate image, NTO has a vision to be one of the leading tour operator's travel agencies in East Africa. Privatized in 2010 and wholly Ethiopia owned by the biggest car rental company in Ethiopia ABC plc. NTO is now equipped with the following type of brand new vehicles: 4 4's, luxury, vans, buses and trucks.

TREKKING TOURS
90%
CITY TOURS
70%
RESOURCES
95%
``Let us scale those mountains and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
Eco Adventures

Economical as well as cost-effective adventures composed and designed with you the client in mind.

Green Tourism

NTO conducts all its tours with the safekeeping of the environment in mind at all times.

Work with Locals

Our organization provides opportunities to locals both individuals and collectively to mutual benefit

Awards & Accolades

During our almost four decades of service, we have received both local and international recognition.

PARTNER

Companies who always support and endorse our touring endeavors!