Inbound tourists cancel trips as Petra hotel occupancy soars

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AMMAN Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA) spokesperson Nabih Riyal said on Tuesday that some travel reservations to Jordan have been canceled due to a shortage of available hotel rooms in Petra and Aqaba, as well as a shortage of tour guides, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

Riyal said that the exact number of cancelled reservations has not been calculated.

Meanwhile, Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority Chief Commissioner Suleiman Al-Farajat said that there are about 400 empty hotel rooms ready to receive tourists in the city.

Farajat pointed out that Petra hotels have around 4,000 rooms, with some apartment hotels also available. The current hotel occupancy rate, he said, is at 80–90 percent.

According to Riyal, the Jordanian tourism sector is currently unprepared to receive large numbers of tourists. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, tourism stakeholders were not able to develop the sector or increase the number of hotel rooms.

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