Jordan outbound tourism up 17.6% in January, over 164K depart

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AMMAN — The number of Jordanians departing the country for tourism in January surged to 164,642, marking a notable 17.6 percent rise from the corresponding period in 2023 when the total was 140,054, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

The Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) stated that tourism income during January 2024 grew by 0.4 percent compared to January 2023, reaching JD392.9 million.

CBJ revealed that the high growth of tourism income, which exceeded expectations in the first three quarters of 2023, resulted in a 27.4 percent increase, reaching an unprecedented level of JD5.2 billion in 2023. Additionally, remittances from Jordanians working abroad also increased by 1.4 percent to reach JD2.5 billion during 2023.

 The government stated that it is working to establish Jordan as a leading tourism and film production destination, citing the implementation of 260 promotional campaigns in 53 countries in 2023 to market and promote Jordan. This resulted in 9.2 million passengers through Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), a growth rate of 17 percent, and 6.3 million visitors to Aqaba and Petra. In addition, one million electronic visas were issued, and 292 buses were introduced to the tourist transport fleet.

The Ministry of Tourism also explained that it continues to adopt low-cost airlines by signing contracts with five new charter and regular airlines. The number of charter flights increased by 141 percent, carrying 446,000 passengers. It further mentioned the development of archaeological sites and the launch of new tourism products, including the Ajloun Cable Car, which attracted 268,000 visitors, the Um Qais Water Tunnel, diving applications in Aqaba, the Petra Static Balloon, the Christian Pilgrimage Trail in Makawir, the maintenance and restoration of six tourism and archaeological sites, and the opening of film studios.

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