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Petra sees more visitors in May, close to pre-COVID period

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AMMAN — A total of 86,322 people visited Petra in May, according to statistics by the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) released Wednesday.اضافة اعلان

Jordan News Agency, Petra, said the figures showed that 60,640 of the total were foreign nationals, while Arabs and Jordanians made up 25,670.

In May 2019 before the pandemic, 87,622 people visited the Nabataean-era city carved out in rose-red stone. Of the total, 81,268 were foreigners and 4,873 were Arabs and Jordanians.

Suliman Al-Farajat, PDTRA chairman of the board of commissioners, said the city witnessed an active tourism movement in May. He said the number of visitors was closer to the 2019 figures.

He said the increased numbers meant that the tourism sector is recovering from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

PDTRA will keep pace with the increasing number of tourists and offer the best services for its visitors to maintain the city’s heritage and global tourism value, he added.

He said demands for adding more hotel rooms to the existing 2,600 rooms in the city are increasing, as Petra has investment incentives in the fields of tourism and light industry.

He pointed out that 10 new hotels with a 900-room capacity are being constructed and will provide 500 job opportunities, once they are fully operational.

The authority, he noted, has signed agreements to provide more tourism products, such as the flying taxi and hot air balloons.

Several projects will be launched this year in Petra, including a heritage village, tourism road, visitors’ center, air ferry, and adventure vehicles.

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