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Petra wants to use gov’t vehicles for tourist transport

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AMMAN — The Legislation and Opinion Bureau (LOB) said the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) will ask the prime minister for permission to use government vehicles for paid transportation of tourists within the boundaries of Petra reserve.اضافة اعلان

PDTRA Chief Commissioner Suleiman Al-Farajat said that the recommendation was in response to a PDTRA request to “solve the problem of transportation within the vast area of Petra reserve”.

“When the authority organizes transportation, this makes it safer, more efficient for visitors, and eliminates any possibility of overpricing,” Farajat told Jordan News.

He said that the fees, which the LOB determined as JD5, will be used for maintenance, and to support the local community in Petra.

He noted that such a project will “create job opportunities for the locals, since the vehicles will be operated through agreements with local associations.”

He explained that solving the problem of transportation in Petra does not mean that all problems have been solved. “There are far more serious problems, and we are working to solve them, but finding a solution to the transportation issue will help,” he added.

He stressed that the tourism revival does not depend on one side only, “but rather depends on the government, the private sector and local communities”.

“Our responsibility as a governmental body is to issue decisions, which will benefit the site, the tourists, and the local community,” he said.

But Hani Masadeh, the head of the Tourist Guides Association, told Jordan News that a legal opinion “does not highlight the real problems in Petra”.

He said that the PDTRA should organize the site, describing it as “a mess”, stressing that the prime minister should step in to “save Petra”.

In the same vein, the LOB also issued an opinion, prohibiting the sale, rent, or investment of land within the boundaries of the PDTRA to Jordanians and non-Jordanians.

The opinion is based on a law, passed six years ago, however it imposes further restrictions, preventing the sale or rent of land in Petra, even to Jordanians.


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