Petra sees increase in tourist numbers as season kicks off

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AMMAN — At least 75,330 tourists visited Petra in September 2022, a 193-percent jump from the 25,721 visitors recorded in the same month of last year, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

It said the increased number came as the tourist season began in areas across the Kingdom, where milder temperatures are expected in the next few days, as favored by many Western European sightseers.

According to statistics issued on Sunday by the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), 66,061 tourists with foreign nationalities, and 9,269 Jordanian and Arab sightseers visited Petra last month.

Suliman Farajat, PDTRA chairman of the board of commissioners, said that Petra saw a “lively” tourism movement in September, especially as the tourist season kicked off and temperatures in the southern region dipped to become pleasant during daytime.

Farajat predicted a further increase in the number of visitors in the coming days, noting that this would make up for the losses in the tourism sector, sustained in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent activity, which paralyzed several economic sectors. 

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