Published: 2017-09-19 10:01
Last Updated: 2017-09-19 13:36
Despite the rising cost of living in Jordan, there has been an increase in the number of Jordanian citizens and residents making international and domestic trips this year.
The Central Bank of Jordan has recorded a 9% increase in the number of people travelling outside the Kingdom in the first eight months of 2017.
Meanwhile, the Bank recorded a 13% increase in domestic tourism.
Jordanian citizens and residents’ reasons for travel included medical and educational purposes, and your good old tourism.
The top hot spots for this year, in order of most travelled-to, were:
1. Saudi Arabia: Hajj and Umrah
2. Palestine: Tourism
3. Egypt: Family visits and tourism
4. Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq: Tourism
Hey, big spender!
According to the Bank’s records, 700 million JD were spent on travel in the first eight months of this year, in comparison with the 480 million JD spent during the same period in 2016.
Meanwhile, 2.2 billion JD were spent on domestic tourism in 2017, as opposed to the 1.9 billion JD spent during the same period last year.
June, July and August were the most popular months amongst travellers in the Kingdom, while May was the least desired month for travelling.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition with additional edits