Jordan witnesses tourism boom in Q1
The number of tourists visiting Jordan has increased 33% year on year for Q1 2010, statistics released by the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Central Bank of Jordan have revealed.
Same day visitors were up more than 17% and overall numbers in the first quarter totalled more than 1.5 million.
Tourist numbers from all regions showed an improvement with the exception of Africa, which revealed a 5% decrease
Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) Managing Director Nayef H. al-Fayez said the figures had given Jordan’s tourism industry “a very good reason to keep smiling”.
Jordan’s numerous touristic sites have reported increased visitor activity during 2010’s first quarter, including Petra, which saw almost a 50% increase in visitors.
Tourism officials have said a very good season in 2010 will mean that Jordan’s tourism industry is on track and in the right direction, particularly after avoiding impact of the global economic crisis which started in 2008.
Despite the difficult times in tourism in 2009 - including the H1N1 pandemic - tourism revenues remained almost unchanged at JD2.064.
Al-Fayez said for a small country like Jordan, maintaining 2008 figures was a great achievement. “Now we can focus on making 2010 another exceptional year,” he concluded.