Jordan’s tourism industry is recording a remarkable surge in revenues and visits, with an 88.4% increase in tourism revenues in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the previous year.
A popular destination
This increase is due to the influx of more than 1.47 million tourists visiting the country during the first quarter, marking a 90.7% increase over the same period last year. This unprecedented number of arrivals even surpasses the record numbers seen in the first quarter of 2019, a year hailed as exceptional for the Jordanian tourism industry.
The tourism boom also saw a significant increase in domestic tourism spending, with Jordanians’ spending on tourism rising by 68.4% to $422.3 million. In March 2023 alone, tourism receipts increased by 49% to $614.7 million. Meanwhile, tourism spending in March also increased 26.2% over the same month last year, reaching $139.9 million.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ monthly bulletin also reported an 80.9% increase in the number of overnight tourists during the quarter, reaching 1.204 million compared to 665,779 a year earlier.
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A hub for cultural tourism
The country has a large number of popular tourist sites and attractions, including Aqaba, the Dead Sea, the Roman Theater in Amman, Mount Nebo, Ajloun Castle, Jerash, considered the site of the baptism of Jesus Christ, Karak Castle, as well as 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Petra, Quseir Amra, Um er-Rasas (Kastron Mefaa), and the protected area of Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum is known for its stunning natural beauty, red sand dunes, towering rock formations, and ancient ruins.The valley has also been used as a filming location for several Hollywood movies, including "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Martian".Wadi Rum is a true natural wonder. pic.twitter.com/NnxmoOyzfw
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