75 percent drop in visitors to Baptism site

2. Baptism Site (Wikimedia Commons)
Baptism Site (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
AMMAN — There has been a 75 percent decline in the number of visitors to the Baptism site, compared to previous years, despite an increase in comparison with 2020, where the site was closed due to precautionary measures against COVID-19 pandemic, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

Director-General of the Baptism Site Commission Rustom Mkhijian said that the number of visitors started to decline recently, aligning with a rise in COVID-19 cases and the spread of the new variant Omicron.  This he said, has adversely affected foreign tourism as many countries around the world imposed travel restrictions and placed Jordan on the red list, clarifying that the vast majority of the site visitors are foreign tourists.

Mkhijan added: “At a time when tourism started to recover, the pandemic situation has gotten worse and infection cases started to increase, therefore the number of tourists dropped, especially that most tourist are from the US and some European countries and these countries have banned their people from visiting Jordan.”

The site recorded the highest regression rates at 82 percent last year, and the number of visitors stood at 35,000, due to restrictions forced by many countries, and the closing of air and land crossings.

Mkhijan said he looked forward to a time when the situation would improve, both in Jordan and the rest of the world, especially with the approaching new year, noting that the Baptism Site, like all other public places in Jordan, continues to abide by public safety measures, for the safety and stability of Jordan and for the site to remain a safe tourism attraction.

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