Jordanian tourism departures rise 37% in H1 2023

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AMMAN — The number of Jordanians leaving the country for tourism purposes during the first half of 2023 reached 816,092, an increase of 37 percent compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, the Jordan Society of Tourism & Travel Agents notes a decline in the number of individuals interested in foreign tourism through travel agencies.اضافة اعلان

The total number of Jordanians departing during the first half of the previous year was 595,886, Al-Mamlaka News reported.

The data shows that the highest month for departures was June, with 195,284 departures, a 34.7 percent increase from 2022 when there were 144,965 departures in June.

The secretary-general of the Jordan Society of Tourism andTravel Agents, Bassem Al-Ghalayini, said that the preferred travel destinations for Jordanians include cities in Turkey (Antalya, Trabzon, Istanbul), as well as Egypt, particularly Sharm El-Sheikh. Additionally, Tunisia and Bosnia have gained popularity recently.

Economic factors
Ghalayini explained that these destinations are favored due to the competitive prices in the market, some not requiring a tourist visa, favorable exchange rates, and the desire for shopping.

Regarding the travel-related statistics, he mentioned that "the Association does not have specific figures, but as travel agencies, we have observed a decrease of up to 40 percent in the number of individuals interested in foreign tourism through travel agencies compared to the previous season."

Earlier, the Central Bank of Jordan stated that outbound tourism expenditure during July 2023 increased by 13.1 percent compared to 2022, reaching JD171.2 million. The outbound tourism expenditure during the first seven months of 2023 increased by 37.9 percent reaching a total of JD813.2 million.

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