Syria: Jordan tourism hit by last minute cancellations

12 September, 12:20

    (ANSAmed)- AMMAN, SEPTEMBER 12 - Jordan tourism industry has been hit with last minute cancellations as the US and some European nations are lobbying for a strike to punish Syria for using chemical weapons, government officials and tour operators said today.

    Up to 80 percent of reservations have been cancelled, mostly which include joint vists to Egypt and the Palestinian territories, Abdel Razaq Arabiat, director of tourism promotion.

    But Arabiat said the direct bookings to Jordan were less effected, with nearly 30 percent cancellations.

    But tour operators said the cancellations were directly related to the near strike on Syria, with most cancelations coming from Europe.

    Jordan shares a long border with Syria, but unlike other countries in the region, it has been politically stable and authorities are put on high alert to maintain law and order in a country that absorbed hundreds of thousands of refugees lately.

    Jordan heavily depends on tourism, which is considered as the second source of national income after foreign aid. (ANSAmed).

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