The Jordan Times reports that figures recently released by the Central Bank of Jordan indicated that the Kingdom’s tourism sector generated 1.099 billion in Jordanian Dinars (1.5 Billion USD) during the first seven months of this year, up 16 per cent from JD949 million in the same period of 2007.
According to the latest Minister of Tourism and Antiquities figures, the number of visitors on package tours increased by 60 per cent to 287,646 compared to 180,052 tourists in the first seven months of last year. The number of nights spent by visitors on package tours also rose by 60 per cent during the same period, reaching 1.229 million overnight stays with an average stay of 5 nights per person.
European tourists topped the list of arrivals on package tours, accounting for 187,291 visitors, followed by East Asia and the Pacific with 44,722 tourists and 37,724 tourists from the United States. Arrivals from the three regions rose 68 per cent, 48 per cent and 97 per cent respectively for the comparative period.
Visitors to Jerash rose 66 per cent to 190,400 tourists, while the St. George Church of Madaba saw an increase of 104 per cent, drawing 163,027 visitors. The Baptism Site also witnessed a 63 per cent increase in visitors, as some 79,954 tourists visited the site, while 77,582 visitors came to Ajloun between January and July, a 16 per cent increase from last year.by