Jordan tourism revenue increased by 14.3% in first eight months of 2021

Tourism sector continued to recover thanks to the improved epidemiological situation

  
The treasury site in the ancient city of Petra is seen empty of tourists after the government closed all tourist facilities in the country amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Jordan June 3, 2020.

The treasury site in the ancient city of Petra is seen empty of tourists after the government closed all tourist facilities in the country amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Jordan June 3, 2020.

REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

AMMAN — The Kingdom’s tourism revenue increased by 14.3 per cent in the first eight months of 2021 to JD958.8 million compared with the same period of 2020 that witnessed a decline of 70 per cent, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced on Wednesday.

According to CBJ data, cited by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the growth in revenues was mainly attributed to the 10.3-per cent increase in the number of tourists (by 108,000 tourists) reaching 1.165 million tourists in the first eight months of 2021 compared with the same period of last year.

In August, and for the fifth consecutive month, the tourism sector continued to recover thanks to the improved epidemiological situation and a higher turnout for vaccination.

The tourism revenues during August of 2021 increased by $289 million, reaching $310 million compared with the same month of last year, the CBJ noted.

The figures indicated that the number of tourists to the Kingdom stood at 384,000 in August, 45.7 per cent of whom are non-resident Jordanians and 41.3 per cent are Arab nationals (excluding Arab nationals from Gulf countries) and 16.8 per cent are Gulf tourists.

Jordanians' expenditure on travel in August increased by JD75 million to reach JD80.5 million, while the overall expenditure during the first eight months of 2021 rose by 73.6 per cent to JD365.5 million compared with the same period of last year.

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