Tourism: Petra visitors drop by %32 in first 8 months

Tourists from EU down by %21

22 September, 14:02

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, SEPTEMBER 22 - Number of tourists coming to Petra has dropped by %33 during the first 8 months of 2015, pushing several businesses and hotels in the ancient city to the brink of bankruptcy.

    Figures from the government-run department of tourism showed today that number of visitors to Petra took a nose dive by reaching 280.000, compared to 418.000 visitors during the same period in last year.

    The political turmoil and economic difficulty have also had an impact on the number of visitors to the Roman city of Jerash as figures showed %31 decline in number of tourist during the same period.

    The government says total income from tourism has shrunk by %10 during the first three months of the year. Visitors from the EU dropped by %21.3 to reach 57.000 while number of Asians visitors also dropped by %27 to reach 92.000, according to government figures.

    The difficult situation of tourism industry in Petra has lead several businesses to shut down or carry out drastic downsizing as investors struggle to meet financial demands. The ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the region continue to cast a gloomy shadow on Jordan's tourism sector, which is considered one of the main sources of national income. But a silver lining remains in the horizon for Jordan, as the kingdom remains top attraction for visitors from the gulf region who no longer are able to visit traditional destinations such as Syria and Lebanon.

    The government this month said it was starting a new promotion campaign to lure foreign tourists to the kingdom, mostly in the EU and Americas, but with the war in Syria showing no sign of easing up, tourism industry could be facing a lengthy period of decline, warn observers. (ANSAmed).

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