Madaba shop owners protest tour guides’ practices

(File Photo: Jordan News)

AMMAN — Owners of shops located on a street popular with tourists in Madaba said they would start an open strike on Tuesday, protesting against the practices of some tour guides and owners of travel agencies, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

The merchants said that some tour guides smear their image, and prevent tourists from buying souvenirs from them, telling tourists to save their money, claiming that guides deal with the bazaars located near Mount Nebo for commissions of up to 20 percent for each guide and 10 percent for the travel agency they work with, while they cannot sell anything due to these practices.

They also said that there are videos of tour guides preventing tourists from carrying cash so that they cannot buy anything, telling them to save their money.

The merchants complained that they did not benefit at all from the fact that Madaba became the Arab Tourism Capital for 2022, stressing that of the 1,800 tourists who visited the city on Monday, none purchased anything from the shops in the city center because of the tour guides’ behavior.

The merchants appealed to the Ministry of Tourism and the governor of Madaba to interfere and prevent these practices.