Tourism to Petra up by 292% in first 10 months of this year

Approximately 80 percent of the visitors to Petra between January and October this year were foreigners. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — The number of tourists to Petra shot up by 292 percent between January and October this year, to reach 609,204, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Of these, 489,280 were foreigners, Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) statistics show.

According to PDTRA Chairman Suleiman Al-Farajat, “the flow of tourists into the ancient city is good”.

In the comparison period last year, 155,545 people visited Petra. But although more tourists were registered in the rose-red city this year than in 2021, the number remains below the level recorded in the corresponding period of 2019, before the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, when 890,194 people — of whom 773,009 foreigners — visited Petra, some 32 percent more than this year.

The closures imposed by the pandemic dealt a blow to Jordan’s tourism sector, which in 2019 registered a record number, more than 1 million visitors, for the first time in its history, according to the PDTRA.

In an effort to promote tourism in the Kingdom, the Jordanian embassy in Beijing organized a promotional activity on the Chinese social media app Kyushu, which is followed by millions of people, a local news outlet reported.

Jordan’s Ambassador to China Hussam Al-Husseini said that the embassy has been promoting tourist places in the Kingdom through social media, an ideal way to reach a large number of people and encourage Chinese tourists to visit Jordan.

The promotional campaign also entailed a presentation of the most important tourist places in Jordan, including Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba the Dead Sea, Jerash and Salt, as well as of the Jordanian culture, customs, traditions, and cuisine.

Husseini said out that in 2019, before the pandemic, 50,000 Chinese tourists visited Jordan.

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