95% hotel occupancy rate expected during Eid

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AMMAN — Deputy Chairman of the Jordan Hotels Association Hussein Al-Helalat said that hotel occupancy rates during Eid al-Fitr are expected to reach 90 to 95 percent, and that the majority of reservations have been made for Dead Sea and Aqaba hotels.اضافة اعلان

Helalat told Jordan News that tourism in Jordan has been improving recently, due to the easing of procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the beginning of spring and summer seasons, adding that it is expected to “witness significant recovery after nearly two years of pandemic”.

“There is vast improvement in the percentage of bookings this year compared to the same time last year,” he added.

With conditions “promising and boding well”, summer will contribute to a revival in the tourist activity, Helalat said, adding that “tourists from different countries are expected to come to Jordan”.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dead Sea Hotels Company Michael Nazzal does not seem to agree.

He told Jordan News that “the improvement that tourism will witness during the Eid period does not indicate that there is a recovery in the tourism movement in Jordan”.

There is a slight improvement in tourist activity, following the government’s recent decision to lift the strict measures related to the pandemic, he said, “but these decisions came late, especially since foreign tourists prefer to book a long time in advance”.

According to Nazzal, in Jordan, “we usually notice an improvement in the tourist movement at the beginning of the spring, especially in April, but this did not happen this year due to the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. We hope that tourism will improve during the summer”.

He added that “we will witness a decrease in the turnout of tourist groups to Jordan during the coming period, but there will be a turnout of individuals, but things will not return to what they were before the pandemic”.

“Things have totally changed after the COVID-19 pandemic, and all sectors must keep pace with the development of technology in order to be able to continue,” he added.

Tour guide Daoud Samaan told Jordan News agrees that tourism in Jordan is not near the pre-pandemic figures, as borne out by the “weak turnout of tourist groups”.

“We cannot say that tourism witnessed a revival because of the high rates of reservations on holidays and occasions. We need to work throughout the year at the same pace to compensate the losses incurred by the tourism sector in the last two years,” he said.

Samaan urged the government to develop short- and long-term plans in order to improve the tourism situation in Jordan and attract tourists from different countries of the world.

Also important, he said, are promotional campaigns that shed light on the various tourist attractions in Jordan to encourage tourists to come and make them repeat visitors.

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