AMMAN — Madaba welcomed 171,665 visitors during the first quarter of this year, witnessing an increase of 235 per cent compared with the same period of last year.
Wael Al Ja'neeni, the director of the Madaba Tourism Directorate, said that 10,081 Jordanians visited Madaba during the first quarter of the year.
As for foreign nationalities, 28,743 Americans, 20,255 Italians, 13,268 French national and 9,566 Spanish nationals visited the city during the first quarter of this year, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The number of tourist facilities this year increased to 117, adding seven more establishments compared with last year, including 22 hotels, 30 tourist restaurants, 60 handicraft shops, and five travel and pilgrimage agencies, he added.
Madaba is well-known for its tourist and archaeological sites, including Mount Nebo, which is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites. The Church of Saint George contains the oldest Mosaic Map of the Holy Land, dating back to the 6th century AD.
Other notable attractions include the Madaba Visitors Centre, the Ma’in Hot Springs, the Dead Sea Panorama lookout, the Mukawir site, the Church of the Apostles, the Madaba Museum, the Archaeological Park, and the Burnt Palace.
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