Independence Day holiday brings high hotel occupancy in Aqaba, Dead Sea

1. Aqaba Hotel
A general photo of a hotel in Aqaba. (Photo: Jordan Tourism Board)
AMMAN — Hotel occupancy increased during Independence Day celebrations, according to Abdul Hakim Al-Hindi, head of the Jordan Hotels Association.اضافة اعلان

While occupancy in Amman reached 45%, it reached 86% in the Dead Sea, 76% in Petra and 92% in Aqaba, Hindi told Jordan News.

Ahmed Al-Rifai, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, said figures for tourism income and the number of visitors during the first third of the year are consistent with the figures projected by the ministry within a national tourism strategy.

In the first quarter, tourism revenue amounted to $1.213 billion, while the number of tourists visiting the Kingdom during the first third of this year exceeded 1 million, Rifai said.

He said explained that lifting the travel restrictions that existed under COVID-19 and easing the procedures imposed in the wake of the pandemic led to a recovery in the tourism sector.

Mahmoud Al-Awadi, owner of the tourism and travel office, said domestic tourism fares better than Jordanians leaving abroad.

“Local tourism is good, while trips outside Jordan are weak this year, compared with the years preceding the pandemic”, Awadi said. He asserted that prevailing economic conditions are the reason.

“It is unfair to compare tourism this year with the year of the pandemic,” he said. “We need three years of work to compensate for the losses incurred during the coronavirus.”

A member of the Tourist Guides Association, Ahmed Al-Malhas, said tourism began to improve after two years “of almost no movement”. He stressed that the tourism sector “is very sensitive due to the influences that may weaken it and, therefore we cannot rely on it as a major source of income”.

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