Among this year's winners, Melaku Beyene and Belete Dagnew of Melody Tour and Car Rent PLC, from Ethiopia, received the World Quality Commitment Award in the Gold Category at the BID Quality Convention in Paris. The organization has made huge strides this year as a leader not only within its sector, but also in Ethiopia. The Award came as an ideal way to celebrate this past year's successes while looking forward to putting quality first in the year to come.
Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela and its 12th-13th century rock-cut Christian churches, and Aksum, the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.
- Capital: Addis Ababa
- Population: 94.1 million (2013) World Bank
- Currency: Ethiopian birr
- Official language: Amharic
Every national (except Kenyans) need a visa to enter Ethiopia. Single-entry 1 -3 month tourist visas can be issued upon arrival at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa for most European, US, Australian and Canadian nationals (click here to see complete list).