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Petra Witnessed a Rise in Tourist Footfall in 2021

The number of Petra visitors in 2021 witnessed a 118% increase in comparison with 2020, which experienced a serious drop because of the pandemic, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) declared on Sunday.

 According to the PDTRA statement, a total of 236,088 tourists from all around the world visited the rose-red city in 2021, embracing 135,064 foreigners, 16,026 non-Jordanian Arabs and 84,776 Jordanians.

 The last few months of 2021 accounted for the majority of the tourists with some 150,000 visitors of all nationalities, highlighting a continuation in the recovery process of the city’s tourism sector. 

 The PDTRA Chief Commissioner Mr.Suleiman Farajat stated that the growth in the number of the tourists in the last four months of 2021 also has profited the owners of tourist facilities and local communities, referring to the "strong indicators for the tourist movement to come back to normal".

 Mr.Farajat mentioned that the advancment in the tourist situation is associated with the global epidemiological conditions and the ways of addressing it over the coming weeks, hoping for the next period to witness further growth in tourism.

 The statement added that the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) is about to wrap several projects that will help and support the tourism sector. The authority was also presented with several investment applications in regards of the hotel sector, which will increase the number of hotel rooms to around 4,000 by the end of 2022 compared with 2,600, the number of hotel rooms at the end of 2019. 

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