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Russian tourists touch down in Aqaba

(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — A Russian plane carrying 220 tourists arrived at the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba on Sunday.

The plane is the first of a series of weekly flights to the Kingdom that will continue until the end of the year, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

According to a press statement released by the Tourism Promotion Authority, on Saturday, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Hamidi Al-Fayez said that Jordan is more than ready to receive tourists from abroad and that the Kingdom is seeing low rates of COVID-19.

Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat, director general of the Tourism Promotion Authority, stated that groups of Russian visitors came through the “Travco Jordan” company for inbound tourism.

He added that tourists would continue to arrive in Aqaba and that the Russian aviation authorities removing Jordan from their list of countries vulnerable to COVID-19 has helped facilitate travel. He also said that the arrival of foreign tourists indicates a positive future for the tourism industry.

Arabiyat also highlighted government measures and incentives given to planes flying into Aqaba, adding that they have significantly contributed to the growth of inbound tourism.

“In the upcoming period, we expect a rise in the number of Russian planes carrying tourists coming to the Kingdom,” Arabiyat said.

Meanwhile, Paolo Nocherino, general manager of Travco, said: “Tourists’ arrival is a result of joint efforts made by the company and the Jordan Tourism Board.”

“Our work comes as part of a real effort that we have sought with the Russian aviation authorities to put Jordan on the map of Russian tourism at present, and to remove Jordan from the list of areas vulnerable to infection,” said Nocherino.

Nocherino called on hotels to offer competitive prices compared to those provided by hotels in neighboring countries.

Tourism to the Kingdom was hard hit by the pandemic, with Jordan seeing its first tourism flight since the pandemic started, arrive at the King Hussein International Airport on May 1, carrying tourists from Bulgaria.

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