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Aqaba hospitality sector sees lower-than-hoped guest turnout

Visitors enjoy a day in Aqaba; authorities in the Red Sea resort have eased Covid-related restrictions to revive tourism in the area. (Photo: Nedaa Yaseen/Jordan News)
(Photo: Jordan News)

AMMAN  — The occupancy rates in Aqaba hotels picked up on the third day of Eid Al-Adha holiday to reach 70-80 percent, for non-beachfront hotels and 90-95 percent for those located on the shore.اضافة اعلان

President of Aqaba Hotels Association Salah Al-Bitar told Jordan News that the occupancy rate of hotels on the first day of the eid did not meet expectations, hovering around 50 percent, and on the second day, rising to an average of 70 percent.

Hotel and chalet owners in the Red Sea resort complained early in the holiday about weak turnout, compared to pre-Covid times, when it usually hit 95 percent.

The first day of Eid Al-Adha witnessed a heatwave, with temperatures rising to around 42°C in Aqaba, Jordan’s preferred destination in colder seasons.   

A hotel worker described the season as "miserable," as only 20 percent of his hotel's rooms were occupied on Tuesday.

A source, who preferred to remain unnamed, said the percentage of confirmed reservations in tourist villages and water sport facilities did not exceed 15 percent on the same day.

The situation was better in five-star hotels, reaching 90 percent at the beginning of the holiday, according to Sharhabeel Madi, commissioner for tourism and investment at Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.

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