Aqaba marks world tourism day

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AQABA — Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and Saraya Aqaba marked World Tourism Day Monday under the World Tourism Organization’s slogan “Tourism for inclusive growth”, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. The day is marked each year on September 27.اضافة اعلان

During his sponsorship of the ceremony, the chairman of the board of the commissioners, Nayef Al-Bakhit, said that the COVID pandemic had an enormous social and economic impact on the world’s economy and Jordan’s as well. He noted that both developed and developing countries have been affected, and the tourism sector had been most severely affected.

Bakhit said that the resumption of tourism after declaring Aqaba a “green” or Corona-free zone had helped to kick-start recovery and growth, and the impact that the return of tourism has had has been visible for all to see.

He said the damage to the world economy in the tourism sector alone from the pandemic topped $4 trillion, and the most affected economies were those of the developing countries. He said the World Tourism Organization’s slogan for this year’s World Tourism Day had been designed to support this vital sector both domestically and globally. 

Bakhit said that the authority is committed to support the tourism sector, which is a fundamental pillar in achieving sustainable development and reducing poverty. That support includes providing all facilities for recovery and inclusive growth, noting that the authority is working in partnership with all sectors and local communities.

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