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Tourism gets better, expected to recover fully in 2023

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AMMAN — Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al-Fayez was quoted by local media outlets on Monday as saying that the tourism sector has begun a gradual recovery and is expected to recover fully soon.اضافة اعلان

Operators in the tourism sector agree that the epidemiological stability in Jordan and the world, and the easing of travel restrictions contributed to the improvement of the tourism sector.

Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities spokesman Ahmad Al-Rifai told Jordan News that lifting the measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic a few months ago “contributed significantly to alleviating the consequences of the pandemic on the tourism sector” adding that its positive effects started to show, by revitalizing the tourist movements and helping increase the number of tourists coming to the Kingdom.

The ministry, he said, is in constant communication with tourist associations and various tourism service providers, “to reach appropriate solutions and plans that would revitalize the tourism movement”.

He also expects the coming period to be “even better than now, especially if the epidemiological situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic remains stable around the world”.

President of Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association Awni Kawar told Jordan News that “figures and reservations data indicate that tourism in Jordan began to partially recover, in particular in the months of April and May”.

“It is expected that the tourism movement will continue to recover in the autumn season, especially in September and October,” he added.

According to Kawar, “many factors contributed to the recovery of the tourism movement, including the mitigating measures taken by the government to help the tourism sector”, the fact that Europe started to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and tourists from these countries traditionally visit Jordan, alongside a relatively stable epidemiological situation in most parts of the world.

Kawar called the desire to travel after long time spent in quarantines and lockups “revenge travel”. It can be expected to help the tourism sector “revive significantly in early 2023, if the epidemiological situation remains stable”.

Atef Zeidan, who is a tour guide, told Jordan News that “compared to the same time in the prior year, there is a noticeable improvement in the tourism sector”.

Last spring, he said, tourism movement was “very modest” and workers in the tourism sector “incurred a great loss”.  This year, “the tourism sector regained about 50 percent of the volume of work of 2019, the last year before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a good percentage, compared to the difficult situation during the last period”.

If the epidemiological and security situation in the region remains stable, “we can recover about 70 percent of the work volume”, he said.

Zeidan praised official efforts to promote the Kingdom.

“Jordan has become a well-known destination for the whole world due to the intensification of efforts made by the representatives and workers in the tourism sector in the Kingdom, most prominent the Jordan Tourism Board and national airlines,” he said.

But in order to encourage even more tourists to come to the Kingdom, Zeidan said it is important to “provide facilities for travelers and reduce expenses”.

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