The number of visitors to the ancient city of Petra increased in February by 55 per cent compared with the same period in 2017, according to Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) Chief Commissioner Falah Omoush.
Omoush told Petra reporter on Monday that the Authority completed its preparations to receive visitors and took the necessary measures to facilitate the tourism process smoothly to serve the tourists and the local community alike, stressing at the same time the need to increase Jordan’s share of the world tourism market.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Commissioner of PDTRA Suleiman Farajat pointed out that the overall improvement of tourism throughout last year stood at 34 per cent compared to 2016, including foreign visitors, Arabs, Jordanians and school trips.
The number of foreign tourists reached 400,70 people in February 2018, marking a 55 per cent increase compared to the same period of the last year, when the number of visitors stood at 257,95 in 2017.
The number of foreign visitors reached 470,167 people last year, marking a 50 per cent increase compared to 2016 when the number of visitors reached 321,143, while the number of Arab and Jordanian visitors to Petra reached 129,246 during the past year, official figures said.
According to statistics, Farajat added that the total number of foreign, Arab and Jordanian visitors to Petra in 2017 reached 620,367 compared to 464,154 visitors in 2016, indicating that tourism improved significantly by 33 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016.
The official expressed hope that 2018 will witness “significant” rise in the number of tourists to the rose-red city of Petra.