Tourism sector contributed 15.6% to GDP in 2023– Minister

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AMMAN — Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Makram Al-Qaisi stated that the tourism sector's contribution to Jordan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2023 was 15.6 percent, highlighting its pivotal role as the primary engine of the nation's economy, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

During a press conference attended by the Secretary-General of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili, Qaisi acknowledged the widespread impact of Israel's war on the Gaza Strip across various economic sectors, particularly on tourism. Despite this challenge, he noted that Jordan did not close its borders or restrict air travel amidst the ongoing war. However, he pointed out a discernible shift in the attitudes and preferences of foreign tourists, largely influenced by the war's proximity to Jordan.

Additionally, Qaisi touched on the significance of the Secretary-General of UNWTO’s visit to Jordan, noting that it occurred during a particularly challenging period for both Jordan and the wider region, which has adversely affected crucial tourism metrics, such as a reduction in visitor numbers and a decline in tourism income.

For his part, Pololikashvili emphasized Jordan's significance as a pivotal tourist destination, highlighting the crucial importance of supporting its tourism sector. Additionally, he noted the postponement of certain project plans due to recent regional developments, underscoring the urgent need to halt the war on Gaza. Pololikashvili also pointed out the inseparable link between security and tourism, portraying them as ‘interconnected facets of the same issue’.

He further highlighted China's role as a significant partner for the organization, urging Jordan to prioritize and enhance the Jordanian-Chinese partnership within the tourism sector.

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