Kingdom’s tourism income comes mainly from expatriates — JSF

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AMMAN — The Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) has said that the Kingdom’s income from international tourism is “significantly high”, with the percentage of tourism income to total exports reached about 40 percent during the period 2016–2019, a figure that exceeds those of most countries in the world, with the exception of three: the Maldives, the Bahamas, and Lebanon, Al-Mamlaka TV reported on Wednesday.اضافة اعلان

The JSF indicated that Jordan’s tourism income, by country, comes mainly from Jordanians residing abroad/expatriates (41.7 percent), other Arab countries (28.1 percent), foreign countries (15.2 percent), and the Arab Gulf states (15percent).

The figures appeared in a policy paper titled “Tourism in the Jordanian Economy: An Opportunity to Promote Growth”, and highlight the importance of the tourism to Jordan’s trade balance.

The forum pointed to the remarkable improvement witnessed by the tourism sector in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, with tourism income increasing by nearly double, from JD1 billion in 2020 to JD1.9 billion in 2021.

The JSF also indicated that income from tourism in 2022 has witnessed a significant increase, reaching JD3 billion during the first three quarters of the year, as a result of the increase in the number of tourists coming to the Kingdom, which numbered 3.7 million.

In its paper, the forum reviewed Jordan’s performance on the Travel and Tourism Development Index for the year 2021, which studies a number of indicators and measures their progress. The index aims to guide investment policies and decisions related to business development in the sector as a whole.

The paper said that Japan was the country with the best performance, with a score of 5.2/7, while Chad was the weakest performing country, with a score of 2.5/7, ranking last (117).

The forum also said that Jordan’s performance was average, with a score of 3.9/7 and a global rank of 64 out of 117. Among Arab countries, the UAE ranked first at 25/117 globally.

Jordan ranked sixth in the Arab world.

The JSF drew attention to the large variance in Jordan’s performance on the sub-indicators of the index, with tourism and travel policies performing the best, ranking 33/117, while the sustainability of the sector ranked 72/117.

The forum stressed the need to work on improving Jordan’s performance in the sub-indicators of each axis. Regarding the enabling environment, the forum mentioned Jordan’s weak performance in ICT readiness (71/117), and on the axis of health and hygiene (68/117).

Regarding tourism and travel policies, the forum pointed to Jordan’s weak performance in price competitiveness (83/117). With regard to infrastructure, Jordan’s performance was noticeably poor (69/117), and regarding land transport and port infrastructure, Jordan ranked (61/117).

As for the sustainability of the travel and tourism sector, the forum pointed to Jordan’s weak performance in terms of economic resilience and social conditions (117/88).

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