Tourism to pick up as of March — ASEZA official

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AMMAN — A “huge turnout” in the number of visitors to Aqaba and Wadi Rum is expected due to the government’s decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions as of 1 March, according to the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Deputy Chief Commissioner Sharhabeel Madi.اضافة اعلان

On Saturday, Madi told Al-Mamlaka TV that the government’s decision to cancel PCR tests for visitors arriving to Jordan, whether they travel by air, land, or sea is “a wise decision and will have a positive effect on the golden triangle (Aqaba, Petra, and Wadi Rum).”

Aqaba Port, King Hussein International Airport, and the three land border points in Aqaba will “allow for the entry of a large number of tourists,” according to Madi, who added “the decision will facilitate entry to Jordan and will reduce the costs for those who are coming from neighboring countries.”

He pointed out that “low-cost flights are resuming operation to the King Hussein International Airport. ... Soon, there will be direct flights from Turkey as it is the main partner with the golden triangle zone; connecting Aqaba with around 265 international destinations.”

Madi said that the number of visitors to Jordan had increased by 48 percent by the end of last week, prior to the government’s decision on easing COVID-19 restrictions, which is a noticeable increase compared to previous weeks. Therefore, the tourism sector is “ready” to witness a spike in the visitors’ numbers in March,” he added.

Low-cost flights will probably start flying passengers to Jordan “as of the end of next week,” Madi said, indicating that these flights will reduce the costs on the visitors by around $150.

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