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Jordan, June 3, 2019
Petra visitors reach 400,000 in first 5 months of 2019

Petra, June 2 (Petra) -- The number of visitors to the rose-red city of Petra in the first five months of 2019 amounted to 465,000 visitors, an official announced on Sunday.

The number of tourists during May picked up by 33 percent compared to the same month in 2018, said Suleiman Farajat, Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority (PDTRA).

Farajat told the Jordan News Agency that the number of visitors to Petra last month reached 87,622 visitors of different nationalities, while the number of Jordanian and Arab visitors stood at 5,759 visitors, adding that 585 students also visited the city.

He pointed out that Petra has witnessed an active tourism movement since the beginning of 2019, noting that the number of foreign visitors during the first third of 2019 increased by 108,821 tourists, constituting a 47 percent increase.

The total number of visitors to the city, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, spiked during the first third of 2019 reaching 377,385 visitors of different nationalities, compared to 292,334 during the same period of last year, an increase of 85,051 visitors, he added.

Farajat said the active tourism movement highlights the need for creating investment projects aimed at prolonging the duration of the tourist's stay, overcoming the obstacles facing investment in the Petra region and upgrading the infrastructure to serve the city's visitors and members of the local community.

He noted that the PDTRA has partnered with the local community to preserve the rose-red city as a world heritage site, and upgrade the level of services, reduce violations in the tourism process, and distribute economic gains in cooperation with all partners.