Published on : Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Jordan’s tourism revenues for the first two months of this year went up by 16.2% to $652 million compared to $561 million in the same period last year. The increase in tourism revenues was due to a 17% rise in individual overnight visitors, with 262,500 tourists in February 2017, when compared to 224,400 tourists in February 2016. As per figures by the Tourism Ministry, individual overnight visitors in 2016 stood at around 3.86 million, registering a 2.6% increase compared to 2015, while group overnight visitors were around 314,000, registering a 20% increase over the same period.
According to the Jordan Tourism Ministry Secretary General Issa Gammoh, 48,724 group tourists visited the country in the January-February period this year, compared to 26,500 group tourists in the same period last year. When comparing 2016 with this year, the number of visitors to Wadi Rum increased by 118%, while visitors to Madaba, 30km southwest of Amman, registered a 64% increase. Visitors to Jerash increased by 37.9%. Gammoh said that such figures are positive news for the country’s tourism sector for putting it on the world tourism map.