Wadi Rum welcomed over 18,000 visitors in first two months of 2024

Wadi Rum
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AMMAN— The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities reported that the number of visitors to Wadi Rum during the past two months of 2024 reached 18,359, with the majority being foreigners.اضافة اعلان

 According to ministry data, there were 6,814 visitors in January and 11,545 in February. Foreign visitors constituted the majority at 14,200, while Arabs accounted for one percent, totaling 187 visitors, and Jordanian visitors accounted for 22 percent, totaling 3,972, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Additionally, the latest data released by the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) indicated an 8.9 percent growth in tourism income in Jordan during February 2024 compared to the same month in 2023, reaching JD389.7 million. During the first two months of 2024, tourism income increased by 4.5 percent, reaching JD782.6 million.

The government stated its commitment to solidifying Jordan's position as a premier tourism destination and film production hub. It mentioned implementing 260 promotional campaigns in 53 countries in 2023 to market and promote Jordan. This resulted in 9.2 million passengers passing through Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), marking a growth rate of 17 percent, and 6.3 million visitors to the Aqaba and Petra regions. The government also issued one million electronic visas and introduced 292 buses to the tourist transport fleet.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism continues to focus on low-cost aviation by signing agreements with five new charter and regular airlines, leading to a 141 percent increase in charter flights with 446,000 passengers. The government also invested in the development of historical sites and launched new tourism products, including the Ajloun Cable Car which attracted 268,000 visitors, the Umm Qais Water Tunnel, diving application in Aqaba, the Petra Balloon, the Christian Pilgrimage Trail in Mawakir, and the maintenance and restoration of six tourism and archaeological sites. Additionally, film studios were opened to further enhance tourism offerings.

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