Jordan’s tourism sector witnessed a rise in revenues and number of visitors in the first three months of 2014, compared to 2013, according to an official report. A Ministry of Tourism report showed that revenues rose nearly JOD728 million in the first quarter, an 11.1% rise compared with 2013.
The number of both individual and group visitors also increased in that same period. The report showed there has been a 4.7% increase in number of group visitors in the January-March period of the current year compared to 2013. A total of 932,000 individual visitors came to the country in the period in question, with a 3.1% increase.
Minister of tourism Nidal Katamine said rise in number of tourists is due to efforts to promote Jordan as a destination for religious tourism, and to promote the Kingdom’s tourist attractions to residents of East Asian countries.
The number of Malaysian tourists increased by 42.2% in the concerned period, and there was also a rise in number of visitors from Pakistan (64.2%), Bangladesh (48.8%) and India (13.5%), according to the report. The minister said improvement of tourism revenues has also had an impact on employment in the sector, which rose by 10%.