153% more visitors to Petra this August

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AMMAN  — The Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority said on Sunday that 56,182 people visited Petra this August, a 153 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a local news outlet.اضافة اعلان

According to the authority, the number of foreign visitors to the city reached 41,468, while the number of Jordanian and Arab visitors reached 14,714. In the same month last year, 22,171 visitors of all nationalities visited Petra.

The percentage of visitors in the current year is nearly the same with that in 2019, which witnessed the highest number of visitors — 66,437 of all nationalities — in the history of tourism in Petra, according to the statistics.

Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority Suleiman Farajat said that the number of visitors to Petra is expected to increase in the coming days, which coincides with the start of the tourist season, “especially that the current year is better than the past two years”.

Farajat stressed that the authority is currently working with relevant authorities and local communities to organize the archaeological site with a view to reducing cases of violation and ensure that tourism is conducted in the best possible way, befitting the global status of the city of Petra and reflecting its civilized image.

Farajat pointed out that a sales point for tickets to enter the archaeological site has been created in the Siq Al-Bared area, so that visitors can visit the Monastery Site, and that this will contribute to facilitating the stay of the visitors, and diversifying the tourist experience in Petra.

Meanwhile, the number of visitors to the archaeological site in Jerash has increased by 217 percent from the beginning of this year and until the end of August, compared to the same period last year, Director of the Jerash Tourism Directorate Firas Khatatbeh was reported as saying by Al-Mamlaka TV.

Khatatbeh said on Sunday that 165,500 people visited Jerash in the said period, compared to 52,121 in the same period of 2021.

According to Khatatbeh, 18,000 people visited this archaeological site as part of the "Urdunna Jannah" program. He said that Jerash is witnessing an active tourist movement.

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