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    Tourist arrivals on the rise, says minister

    June 30, 2021

    Amman, June 29 (Petra) -- The numbers of Arab and foreign tourists coming to the Kingdom bode well for the recovery of the tourism sector as they see monthly increases, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Fayez said on Tuesday.

    The minister added that the real solution for the recovery of this sector is the return of foreign tourism, stressing that Jordan is fully ready to receive tourists from abroad.

    Fayez made his remarks during a session entitled 'Post-Covid Tourism in Jordan', organized by the Center for Defending the Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) in cooperation with the 'Zain' company on Monday.

    The tourism sector is considered one of the most affected sectors by the pandemic, he said, noting that Jordan’s tourism income in 2020 plunged to JD1 billion compared to JD4.1 billion in 2019.

    Fayez also stressed that the government has put in place a set of measures to mitigate the fallout of the pandemic on this sector.

    Speaking about the COVID-19 vaccine, the minister indicated that the tourism sector was one of the first sectors that reached the highest rates of staff vaccination, with a rate of 90 percent.

    The national program 'Our Jordan is Paradise' aims at stimulating and revitalizing domestic tourism, and encouraging citizens to visit dozens of tourist destinations, Fayez stressed, pointing out that more than 50 percent of the cost of the trips are covered by the Ministry and the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB).


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