Petra's tourism witnesses signs of recovery after COVID hiatus

Economy

Published: 2023-01-07 17:58

Last Updated: 2023-02-07 06:07


Petra's tourism witnesses signs of recovery after COVID hiatus
Petra's tourism witnesses signs of recovery after COVID hiatus

A total of 905,402 tourists from different nationalities visited Jordan’s Petra in 2022, according to the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority.

The figure includes 638,592 foreign tourists, 33,303 Arab visitors, and 99,880 Jordanian visitors, in addition to 84,584 visitors within the 'Urdun Jannah' program, and 4,043 official guests and children who were exempted from entry fees.

Petra witnessed an increase in the number of visitors in 2022 by around 284 percent, compared to the same period in 2021.

Suleiman Farajat, the chief commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), said that this growth in the number of visitors to Petra during the year 2022 means that the city is recovering from the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The coronavirus crisis affected tourism internationally in general. Jordan, mainly Petra, was strongly affected. There were days when there was not even one tourist," Farajat told AFP.

He said that the number of visitors to Petra in 2022 constitutes 80 percent of the number in 2019.

“I expect 2023 to be even better than 2019 in terms of tourist numbers, as in 2019 around 1.1 million visited Petra, among them 1 million were foreigners," he said.