Tourism income grows by 242.7% in first half of 2022

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AMMAN — According to data released by the Central Bank of Jordan on Wednesday, tourism income in June 2022, increased by JD224.6 million, or 174.6 percent, compared to the same month of last year, to reach JD353.3 million.اضافة اعلان

A statement from the bank said that the number of tourists arriving in the Kingdom in June rose by 270,200, compared to the same month last year, to reach 428,300.

Tourism income during the first half of this year grew by JD1.1 billion, or 242.7 percent, over the first half of 2021, to reach JD1.5 billion.

The number of tourists arriving in the Kingdom rose from 1.4 million to 1.9 million.

Data also showed that Jordanians spent JD40.1 million more, or 61.8 percent, on travel during June 2022, compared to the same month last year; the amount reached JD105.0 million.

Director-General of the Jordan Tourism Board Abdelrazzaq Arabiyat told Jordan News that these figures indicate that the tourism sector is recovering, adding that low-cost carriers contributed greatly to the increase in the number of tourists.

The board markets Jordan by promoting tourism in world markets.

Arabiyat stressed that “there are expectations that tourism will rebound and register positive indicators during the coming period”.

Raed Abdelhaq, former president of the Jordan Tour Guides Association, told Jordan News that the numbers presented are “inaccurate” and meant to “delude people that there is a good and distinguished tourist movement”, asking why the comparison is done with the month of June last year, “when it was the period of the pandemic and the start of recovery”.

Economic analyst Jawad Al-Anani told Jordan News that the rise in June was due to the start of the summer, which usually witnesses a rise in local and foreign tourism due to holidays.

“This report indicates that we have recovered from the pandemic and that these rises are a reassuring indicator, because the tourism boom is directly reflected on all economic sectors,” Anani said.

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