Unified ticket allows tourists to visit 40 sites

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AMMAN — The Jordan Tourism Board announced the sale of unified tickets, which enables tourists to visit more than 40 biblical and historic sites across the Kingdom, including the famed Petra.اضافة اعلان

The ticket, which costs JD70, also exempts its owner of Jordanian visa fees upon entry into the Kingdom, provided that sightseer spends more than two nights in Jordan.

Awni Kawar, chairman of the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association, told Jordan News that the decision of Jordan Tourism Board “has no real impact in the field”.

“The average accommodation of foreign tourists is one week,” he said. “Therefore, they will be unable to visit all the designated tourist sites.”

Kawar said that “the tourist does not have the luxury of time to visit more than 10 to 15 tourist sites in the week spent in Jordan.”

“Increasing the number of sites under the unified ticket gave the tourists a wider variety of places to see, but there is no room to visit them all,”

Chief Commissioner at Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority Suleiman Al-Farajat told Jordan News that “almost 50 percent of tourists visit Petra by booking through jordanpass.jo, which contributed to further promoting tourism in Jordan.”

He said that “the unified ticket is very useful and allows tourists to visit more than one place and site with one card”.

“The idea is not new, but was developed by increasing the number of tourist sites in its recent edition,” he pointed out.

He stressed that “increasing the number of tourist sites, which sightseers are allowed to enter through the unified card is an incentive to guide tourists to diverse areas. They may not be as famous as Petra and Wadi Rum, but effectively this will promote them.”

Tour guide Atef Zaidan believed that increasing tourist sites may have a positive aspect in terms of attracting tourists and encouraging them to stay longer in Jordan.

“This will contribute to introducing tourists to more areas and increasing their fame and prevalence in the world”, he told Jordan News.

On the other hand, he said that increasing the number of areas within a short time “will not give tourists the right opportunity to enjoy each tourist site as they should.”

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