130,000 take part in Urdun Jannah program

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Wadi Rum desert at dawn. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — The number of participants in the Urdun Jannah, a program aiming to support domestic tourism, has exceeded 130,000  since the beginning of this year, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Yazan Al-Khudair, the program’s director, said more than 3,500 sightseeing trips to various governorates across Jordan had been organized.

Khudair, who is also an assistant director-general of Visit Jordan, said that new destinations have been added, such as Umm Al-Jimal, Iraq Al-Amir, Udhruh, Al-Shoubak, and Maqamat Al-Sahaba.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched the Urdun Jannah program in May 2019, in cooperation with the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Since then, it continued to add tourist destinations to its services, although the program was temporarily halted during the COVID-19 pandemic, when stringent lockdown measures confined residents to their homes to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, which killed millions worldwide.

Khudair said that Wadi Rum and Ajloun topped a list of popular destinations, being the two sites most in demand by tourists and locals alike.

But he added that there has been a recent increase in demand for trips to Umm Al-Jimal on the outskirts of the capital city.

According to program statistics, the number of trips to Umm Al-Jimal reached more than 7,000 for the first time since the start of the program.

Khaled Hijjawi, a member of the Jordan Society of Tourism and Travel Agents, said that the Urdun Jannah program operated out of 141 tourist offices, 60 restaurants, and 62 hotels and camps across the Kingdom.

Jordan has seen an increase in the overall number of sightseers this year, which tourism officials said exceeded the target numbers.

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al-Fayez said the number of tourists reached 2.36 million in the first quarter of this year, a 90 percent increase over the corresponding period two years ago. He noted that the ministry had expected 1.9 million tourists this year.

Fayez said data by the Central Bank of Jordan showed that tourism generated JD1.9 billion in 2021, a 90 percent increase over the previous year, when tourism revenue dwindled to JD1 billion under COVID-19 restrictions.

In 2019, tourism revenue recorded JD4.1 billion, according to data obtained from the Ministry of Tourism.

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