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Bright prospects for tourism industry

Jan 04,2018 - Last updated at Jan 04,2018

Tourism growth to Jordan is one additional bright news to begin the New Year. 

Director of Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat has conformed recently that there had been a considerable increase in the number of tourists to the Kingdom in 2017 and that all indicators suggest that this momentum will be maintained for the New Year.

The JTB director also disclosed that revenues from tourism in 2017 increased by 14.3 per cent compared to 2016 and that all signs suggest that similar or even more increases in revenues from tourism will be experienced in 2018. 

It seems that trip bookings to Jordan for the New Year are on increase with few if any cancellations despite regional turmoils. 

Minister of Tourism Lina Annab told The Jordan Times recently that these positive projections on the number of tourists who will visit Jordan in 2018 are basically correct. This is all happening while the World Trade Organisation revealed that tourism to the region has dropped by 4 per cent in recent times, but Jordan stands out as the exception among the countries of the area, having witnessed a spectacular hike in the number of tourists visiting the country. 

Of course, there are several factors that contribute to Jordan's tourism industry success. For starters, it is the security and stability of the country that stands out as one of the principle reasons tourists flock to Jordan while avoiding other countries in the Middle East. 

Jordan has also good weather conditions for practically all seasons, thus making it possible to have a sustained  growth in the tourism industry. Improvement in the services and hotel availability at affordable prices are also a plus for tourism growth in the country. 

The availability of charter flights and low cost flights to Jordan have also lent support to the growing tourism industry in the country. 

Of course, there is still a lot more that can be done to consolidate the growth of tourism to Jordan including maintaining competitive hotel prices especially for groups. 


No doubt all stakeholders in the country are fully aware of what needs to be done to keep Jordan a Mecca for tourists for all seasons.

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