Aqaba hotels occupancy drops by 50%

3. Aqaba
Tourists and locals enjoy a beach in Aqaba. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — The occupancy rate of Aqaba hotels has fallen to less than 50 percent capacity as a result of weather fluctuations and high number of Omicron infections, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

Aqaba hotels have not reached over 50 percent occupancy rate for the last three months except for Christmas time, when it rose to more than 85 percent.

Workers in the hotel sector said that the weather affected the arrival of tourists and visitors to Aqaba, although weather conditions were warmer than the rest of the governorates.

President of Aqaba Hotels Association Salah Al-Bitar said that the classification of Jordan among the list of red countries has weakened tourist activity to Aqaba. He also indicated that the rate of reservations in the past years was high compared to 2021 and 2020, stressing that the situation indicates to a significant decline in the occupancy rate of hotels, especially those with a five-star rating, but including other categories.

Hotel owners and managers said that despite government measures and closures related to the epidemiological situation in 2021, the rate of reservations remained better than reservations in 2022.

Workers in the tourism sector said that reservations from European countries have been canceled, as their airports are witnessing closures due to the high rates and fear of rising COVID-19 infections. 

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