Petra sees 147% increase in January visitors

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AMMAN — Petra saw a significant spike in tourist numbers, with a 147 percent increase in January visitors, breaking the record when compared to figures reported in the same month of 2019. اضافة اعلان

The previous record for the highest number of visitors to Petra was 1.135 million in 2019, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

According to the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), a total of 82,937 tourists visited Petra in January, with 72,294 being foreign visitors, 7,112 being Jordanian, and 2,684 being Arab. In comparison, 56,559 people visited Petra in January 2019, and 30,287 visitors in January 2022.

According to the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority's (PDTRA) count, a total of 82,937 tourists visited the red-rose city in January, of which 72,294 are foreigners, 7,112 are Jordanians, and 2,684 are Arabs.

In January 2019, a total of 56,559 people visited Petra, while in January 2022, the lost city welcomed 30,287 visitors.

COVID-19 recoverySuliman Farajat, Chairman of the PDTRA, stated that the tourism in Petra promptly recovered from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022 and predicts that 2023 will break the previous record of 1.135 million visitors.

He added that the PDTRA is also working on a new tourism track for four-wheel-drive vehicles and is preparing to introduce a flying taxi and hot air balloon service for visitors.

The flying taxi, he added, will take visitors on tours around the site and potentially transport from and to Amman.

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