Baptism Site sees 89% surge in first seven months

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AMMAN — The number of visitors and pilgrims to the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ at the Jordan River has increased by 89 percent during the first seven months of this year compared to the same period last year. اضافة اعلان

According to Director General of the Baptism Site Rustom Mkhjian the total number of visitors and pilgrims to the site from the beginning of this year until the end of July reached 136,272, compared to 72,069 visitors during the same period last year, Hala News reported.

He stated that the number of visitors to the site in July last year reached 12,196 visitors, marking an increase of 27 percent compared to the same month the previous year. He attributed the slight decrease in visitors last month to the rise in temperatures, which is a regular annual occurrence.

Tourism movement has reached unprecedented numbers
He further emphasized that the recorded statistics since the beginning of this year reveal that the tourist movement has reached unprecedented numbers, breaking previous records. He expressed great optimism for a continued surge in visitor numbers, making this year the best among previous years.

Visitor nationalities
In terms of visitor nationalities, the distribution was as follows: 47.5 percent from European Union countries, 13.6 percent from Italy, 13.3 percent from the US, 8.6 percent from France, and 5.6 percent from Spain. An additional 6.2 percent came from Latin America, including 1.5 percent from Brazil. However, there was a slight decrease in visitors from Russia, reaching 0.55 percent.

As for domestic tourism, the percentage of visitors reached 12.1 percent, while for Arab countries, the percentage was 9.8 percent, with Lebanon having the highest percentage at 5.9 percent of the total visitors.

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