Tourists cancel trips to Jordan amid travel restrictions

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AMMAN — Minister of Tourism Nayef Al-Fayez told the Lower House Finance Committee that recent international travel restrictions due to the emergence of the new Coronavirus variant have led to the cancelation of trips to Jordan, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Until November this year, a total of 2.1 million tourists visited the Kingdom, with an expected revenue by year end amounting to JD1.85 billion, having reached JD1.7 billion from January until November 2021, according to the minister. 

The tourism sector has seen a gradual recovery in early 2021 with an accelerating increase in June, notably in the number of visiting Arab tourists, said Fayez.

Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan Adel Sharkas, meanwhile, said he expected tourism revenue to reach approximately $4 billion by the end of 2021, with an expected increase of 81.6 percent compared to 2020.

Sharkas also said that tourism revenue will provide about $3.5-4 billion in foreign currencies.

On December 12, the Cabinet approved the national strategy for tourism for the years 2021-2025, aimed at enabling the tourism industry in Jordan to recover from the repercussions of COVID-19. 

Thousands lose their jobs in hospitality industry since the start of pandemic

Another adverse effect of COVID-19 touched workers and professionals in the hospitality sector, according to head of Jordan Hotels Association Abdul Hakim Al-Hindi, who said that about 5,500 workers lost their jobs in hotels operating in the Kingdom since the start of COVID-19 pandemic to date, attributing it to the decrease in the number of reservations, lockdowns, closures, and various health procedures and protocols, according to Al-Rai.

Hindi said that the number of workers in hotels in different regions of the Kingdom amounted to around 25,000 in 2019, while now the number stands at 19,500.

He said that the “Istidama” program that the government implemented in cooperation with the Social Security Corporation contributed to alleviating the consequences of the pandemic on the sector and lowering the number of those who lost their jobs, adding that the current situation and the decline in and cancellation of reservations by foreign and Arab tourist groups, which reached 90 percent before the New Year, affected the sector badly.

Hindi stressed that domestic tourism this winter season will not be able to compensate for the losses resulting from the decline in the number of foreign tourists to the Kingdom.

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