|19 February, 2020

Tourism revenue in Jordan grew 11.4% in January 2020 - CBJ figures

Tourism income increased mainly from Arab countries by 20.1%

Tourists visit the legendary Petra, Jordan's most famous tourist attraction on April 3, 2015 in Petra, Jordan.

Tourists visit the legendary Petra, Jordan's most famous tourist attraction on April 3, 2015 in Petra, Jordan.

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AMMAN - The Kingdom's tourism revenue increased during January 2020 to reach JD361.8 million, or 11.4 per cent of national revenues, compared with 9.1 per cent during the same month of 2019, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Preliminary data issued by the Central Bank of Jordan on Wednesday indicated that the increase came as a result of the rise in the total number of tourists by 12.1 per cent to reach 478,900 tourists, compared to an increase of 4.7 per cent during January 2019.

In terms of geographical distribution, tourism income increased mainly from Arab countries by 20.1 per cent, to which the Arab Gulf states contributed 23.9 per cent.

Asian countries came in second with 18.7 per cent, EU countries with 15.4 per cent and the US with 11.7 per cent. The contribution of Arab countries to the Kingdom’s total tourism income ranked first at 42.0 per cent, most notably Saudi Arabia with 14.4 per cent, followed by Iraq with 6.4 per cent and Palestine with 4.7 per cent. Non-resident Jordanians contributed 35.1 per cent, and European nationals 11 per cent.

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