Number of Jordan's visitors rises by 2% in first half of 2014







31-August-2014
The number of visitors to the Kingdom increased by 2 per cent during the first half of 2014, standing at 1,660,682 compared with 1,559,450 in the same period last year, Tourism Minister Nidal Katamine said Saturday. Katamine attributed the increase to a 7 per cent rise in the number of overnight visitors.

 The minister added that overall tourism revenues increased by 14 per cent during the first six months of this year, amounting to JD1.3 billion, compared with JD1.1 billion for the same period in 2013.

 The number of tourist groups increased by 12 per cent during the first six months of 2014, standing at 132,000 tourists compared with 118,000 last year, Katamine added, noting that the number of visitors to the ancient Roman city of Jerash and the Baptism Site, where Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist, increased by 29 and 14 per cent respectively.