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14/03/2017 - 07:00hs

Jordan tourism revenue climbs 16%

Industry turnover reached USD 652 million in the first two months of the year in the Arab country. Tourist numbers went up in spite of the conflicts underway in neighboring countries.

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Tourists at the site where Jesus was baptized, on the banks of River Jordan

São Paulo – Jordan’s tourism industry was off to a strong start this year. As per numbers released this Monday (13) by the Jordanian Central Bank, revenue stood at USD 652 million in January and February, up 16.2% from USD 561 million in the comparable year-ago period, local news outlet Petra reported.

In February alone, revenue reached USD 284.3 million, a 21.8% increase from USD 233.4 million in February 2016.

The Central Bank said overnight stays amounted to 262,500 in February, up 17% from 224,400 in February 2016.

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Roman amphitheater in downtown of capital Amman

 It’s good news for a country in which the tourist sector is one of the most important revenue sources, but that is suffering the impact caused by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In addition to the substantial flow of refugees coming especially from Syria and that represents a significant challenge for the Jordanian economy, the situation in the neighboring countries scares away visitors and impacts regional trade.  

It’s important to mention that Jordan has historical, religious and natural attractions that usually bring in millions of tourists every year, such as ancient Petra, Roman ruins, the place of baptism of Jesus Christ on the banks of the Jordan River, the Red Sea, and the Wadi Rum, a protected area with desert valleys, mountains, wildlife and ancestral home of Bedouin.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum and Sérgio Kakitani

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