Jordan: Coastal city Aqaba inbound tourism up by 138%

 Thursday, December 29, 2022 


Aqaba, the only coastal city in Jordan, is basking in tourism delight with the arrival of 1.9 million tourists and visitors during the first 11 months of 2022, which is 138.8 per more as compared to the same period last year, during which 793,000 tourists and visitors entered Aqaba through various border crossings, according to the Commissioner for Tourism and Environment in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Nidal Majali.

“These numbers are indicative of an excellent growth in the tourism sector,” The Jordan Times quoted the Tourism Commissioner as saying.

The year 2022 also recorded around 930,000 bookings in Aqaba’s hotels and around 300,000 bookings in Wadi Rum, marking a 48 per cent and a 212.7 per cent increase respectively, compared with 2021, Majali said.

He also noted that King Hussein International airport recorded 3,226 aircraft movements, marking a roughly 125 per cent increase from 2021.

The beginning of the new year is expected to witness a 51 per cent increase in hotels’ occupancy rates in pe rMajali.

Up until today, 96 cruise ships confirmed their arrival in Aqaba’s port in 2023, marking a 25 per cent increase compared with 2022, which received 74 cruise ships so far, he added.

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