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Petra records highest number of visitors since pandemic

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AMMAN — The ancient city of Petra has registered the highest number of visitors since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 53,896 visitors of various nationalities visiting the site in March, marking an increase of 292 percent over the previous month, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The city’s visitors in March were: 43,533 of foreign nationalities, 3,859 from Arab countries and 6,504 Jordanians, according to official figures released Saturday by the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA).

The red rose city received 21,557 visitors of all nationalities in February, it said.

Only 4,656 visitors, most of whom were Jordanians and Arabs, made it to Jordan’s main tourism attraction during the month of March, 2021, and the ancient city received about 74,413 visitors in the same month of 2019, the figures showed.

PDTRA Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Suleiman Farajat said that the ancient city saw a remarkable improvement in the number of visitors, particularly after the government relaxed Covid-19 restrictions for arrivals from outside the Kingdom in March, which had a positive impact on tourism to the city as well as well as economic activity.

He said all indications point to improvement in visitor numbers to Petra in the next period, adding that the PDTRA continued to further upgrade the infrastructure, transport and other facilities as well as promotional efforts.


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