Jordan’s tourism revenues hits $2.7 billion in 2021

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Tourists at the ruins of Petra. Credit: Jordan News Agency
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  • Tourism contributes in a significant way to the economy of Jordan
  • However, some observers say that the sector has a lot of room for improvement

Data from the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) showed an increase in the tourism income of the country in 2021 to $2.7 billion.

This, official sources said, was a 90 percent rise compared with a decrease of 75.7 percent in 2020 from the previous year.

The sources said the higher revenue this year as a result of the increase in the number of tourists, which was 2.358 million.

The tourism revenues increased by about $221 million in December 2021, compared with the same period in 2020, to reach $292 million.

This hike was due to an increase in the number of tourists in December by about 190,000, to reach a total of 249,000 tourists in the month as compared to the year-ago period.

Tourism revenues from Jordanian expatriates accounted for 41.7 percent of the total income, said the data.

This was followed by tourists from Arab countries — except Gulf countries — who contributed 28.2 percent, and then tourists from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries whose contributions amounted to 15 percent.

In addition, tourism income from European countries accounted for 6.7 percent, followed by tourism income from the United States with 2.8 percent of total tourism income, according to the CBJ data.

Tourism contributes in a significant way to the economy of Jordan. However, some observers say that the sector has a lot of room for improvement in the country.

That is probably why it is significant that the Jordanian cabinet in December last year endorsed the national strategy for tourism from 2021-2025.

The strategy reportedly seeks reinvigoration of tourism in the country in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

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