Jordan tourist numbers slow amid the siege of Gaza

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AMMAN — On Tuesday, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Makram Al-Qaisi, stated that tourism numbers had started to decline in November due to regional instability amid the Gaza siege. However, he noted that 2023 had still been an exceptional year for the sector.اضافة اعلان

As reported by Al-Mamlaka TV, speaking at the Parliamentary Tourism and Antiquities Committee, Qaisi said 2023 had been an exceptional year for tourism in Jordan, noting that in the current year, the tourism sector had returned to the 2019 figures with more than 25 percent increase in income and the number of visitors.

Qaisi said visitor numbers had started to decrease at popular places such as Petra, Mount Nebo, Madaba, and Jerash and that this decline had affected hotel reservations and bookings at travel and tourism offices.

However, he remained confident of the sector's future, highlighting the government's investments in projects such as the Ajloun Cable Car upgrade and new airplane routes to Aqaba and Amman.

Qaisi mentioned that 57,000 Jordanians work in the tourism sector in general, contributing 14.6 percent to the gross domestic product of the Kingdom. 

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