Over 110,000 visitors recorded in rose-red city in April – PDRTA

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AMMAN — The historic city of Petra has seen a large influx of tourists in recent months, with over 110,000 visitors since the beginning of April, according to Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDRTA) Chief Commissioner Suleiman Farajat.اضافة اعلان

During the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, 26,000 visitors toured the rose-red city and witnessed the launch of the Light Festival, which will continue until May 3.

The festival, which is a unique experience inside the Petra archaeological reserve, focuses on the Al-Siq and Treasury regions.

Farajat also explained that the festival will be launched again next year, with a focus on narrating the events related to the history of the ancient city in Jordan and during the Nabatean era.

New projectsFarajat confirmed that several projects will be launched in the coming period, including the hot air balloon project and the cable car.

He added that the PDRTA focuses on celebrations that contribute to presenting a suitable and different tourism product for visitors to the archaeological site.

Farajat also stated that the authority is working to extend the stay of tourists in Petra and support additional hotel room occupancy, which would further contribute to the local economy.

Record-breaking numbersThe number of tourists visiting the Petra archaeological site has been on the rise, with a 35 percent increase in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2019.

In March, the site also recorded a "hit record" in terms of the number of visitors, with 143,962 tourists entering the site, including 131,116 foreigners.

Upcoming eventsThe PDRTA is launching the heritage village this year through the "Kingdom's Symphony" on the occasion of Independence Day on May 25, led by top musician Haitham Sukkarieh from the University of Jordan.

On the following day, Petra will host top Saudi artist Muhammad Abdo and a number of other local, Arab and international celebrities. The events are expected to witness large turnouts from Jordanians and other regional visitors.

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