Tourism: revenues in Jordan climb to %4.6 in 2017

Authorities adopted proactive campaign to promote sector

18 January, 11:34

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    AMMAN - Tourism revenues in Jordan increased by %12 in 2017 to reach $4.6 billion compared to $4.1 billion in 2016, official figures showed today.
    The central bank said the increase is due to rise in number of foreign tourists, who increased by %8.7 compared to the same period one year earlier, the official news agency, Petra reported.
    In December alone, revenues from tourism increased by %9.1 to reach $340.9 due to %6.2 increase in number of foreign tourists.
    Authorities said they had adopted an aggressive promotion campaign in Europe and the US in cooperation with the private sector to help tourism servive after several years of suffering due to turmoil hitting the region. Tourism is considered the second source of income in a country that heavily depends on services as a source of foreign currency. Dozens of private hotels and tourism companies had to shut down due to accumulating debts as a result of shrinking number of tourists, discouraged by the unrest that swept neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

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