AMMAN – Recent actions by the Ministry of Tourism and Visit Jordan have resulted in an increase in the number of daily visitors to Petra, said the head of the Petra Hotel Association Tariq Tweisi.
The measures included linking Petra with the majority of trips scheduled and planned by the âUrdun Jannahâ program, launched to encourage domestic tourism, to southern tourist areas and support for cultural events.
Tweisi pointed out that hotel occupancy rates in Petra have improved by 30 to 40 percent in the current month and the past two months, and are increasing significantly from the first six months of the year. In progress.
He pointed out that the ministry and Visit Jordan, in cooperation with the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority, seek to extend the stay of visitors in hotels in the area by diversifying tourism programs, as they are not limited to visiting only the areas archaeological, but rather included multiple activities.
Tweisi said the 45 hotels in Petra had gone through exceptional circumstances during the pandemic, noting that occupancy rates hit zero percent last June.
Meanwhile, Visit Jordan’s deputy general manager and âUrdun Jannahâ program director Yazan Khudair said the number of people who visited Petra under the program has reached nearly 24,000.
Tourism Ministry Director of Media, Communication and International Cooperation Ahmad Rifai highlighted the central role media play in promoting tourism at local, regional and global levels, appreciating the efforts of the media to support the tourism sector and promote tourist and archaeological sites.
The “Urdunn Jannah” program provides free transport (bus) and meals for participants, as well as a tour guide for each bus. The ministry covers more than 50 percent of the total cost of the program.
The program, designed for Jordanians and residents, offers day trips to several tourist destinations in the northern, central and southern regions, and overnight trips to areas most affected by the pandemic. which suffered from the cessation of inbound tourism, such as Aqaba, Petra, Wadi Rum and other regions.
People can view tourist destination options, services provided, prices and reservations, through the âJannah.joâ app.
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