Tourism minister, parliament committee discuss 2021-2025 tourism strategy

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AMMAN—Tourism Minister Nayef Al-Fayez met on Wednesday with the chair and members of the Parliamentary Tourism and Antiquities Committee to review the national tourism strategy 2021 to 2025, aimed at stimulate the sector, particularly in light of significant losses reported since COVID-19 emerged.اضافة اعلان

Fayez said that 2020 has seen 76 percent decline in tourism due to the pandemic, placing the tourism sector among the most impacted.

The 2021-2025 strategy was developed in partnership with the private sector and aims to raise the number of incoming tourists, increase the sector’s revenue, and create more employment opportunities.  The aim is to “come as close as possible to the great results achieved in 2019 in relation to tourism activity,” said Fayez. 

The end goal, according to Fayez, is to grow the tourism sector’s contribution to the GDP and make up for the shortfall of the past two years as well as to increase tourist spending, all of which requires raising awareness of the Jordanian tourism product.

Fayez said the tourism sector has started to recover from the effects of the pandemic, and expected a revival and resumption of normal activity by 2024, but asserted the need for continued government support.

The strategy, Fayez said comprises specific plans with a clear timeframe and performance indicators to monitor its successful implementation, adding that the strategy will be subject to constant reviews and updates. However, he said “Jordan is part of the entire globe, and the tourism situation will depend on the epidemiological situation around the world”.

2021, according to Fayez, has seen a slight recovery, namely during the second half of the year due to the government’s economic recovery plan and the gradual reopening of the various sectors, which brought “double the number of tourists that visited the Kingdom in the first half of the year.” 

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