Will 2018 help Jordan recover its tourism industry?

Published on : Thursday, January 4, 2018

jordan-city-aqabaAccording to the data revealed by the Central Bank of Jordan, Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) Director Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat has said that last year has witnessed a “considerable” increase in the number of tourists.



According to the industry experts and the stakeholders, 2018 will also continue to witness the recovery of the tourism sector in the country. They have urged the concerned bodies to make the campaigns more aggressive and take more efforts to promote the tourism sector.



Arabiyat said that revenues from tourism during November 2017 increased by 14.3 per cent compared with the same period of 2016.



Outlining a number a measures which added to the increased tourism, he requested the relevant bodies in the field of promotion to coordinate with the necessary authorities for further development.



The JTB also supported the plans for stimulating the charter and low-cost flights including supporting the prices of tickets.



2011 was possibly the worst time for the Jordanian tourism sector which was when the “Arab Spring” began, while the best so far was 2017, said a tourist operator.



Jordan Tourist Guides Association President Hasan Ababneh said that during the regional crisis, tourists gradually became aware of Jordan’s security despite the turmoil in the region, which enhanced their confidence to come to Jordan, leading to a considerable increase in their numbers. However, the president also said that the relevant institutions need to exert more effort to attract more tourists.



The World Trade Organisation’s figures have indicated a 4 per cent drop in tourists’ numbers in the region 2017, but Jordan witnessed a hike instead, the minister said.


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