UAE-Jordan ink key deal to boost tourism sector

DUBAI - The `Agreement on Tourism Co-operation' signed by the government of the UAE and the Kingdom of Jordan on Tuesday, encompasses, apart from a mutual flow of tourists between the two countries, facilitating investments in the tourism sector on either side, Alia Buran, Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, said.

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Published: Thu 6 May 2004, 9:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:24 PM

Ms Buran made the comment while addressing a Press conference on Wednesday at the Arabian Travel Market. She said that the Kingdom was looking forward to investments in the tourism sector, since "it is known that tourism without services is an unbalanced formula".

Meanwhile, figures released by the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) at the ATM on Wednesday strongly indicate the return of tourism to the Kingdom, with a substantial 24.3 per cent increase in inbound traffic for the first quarter of 2004 as compared to the corresponding period last year.

"There are definitely signs of recovery in tourism traffic into the Kingdom from what we saw this time last year. We welcomed over 331,000 visitors to Jordan in the first quarter this year, compared to 266,000 for the same period last year," she said.

For the period under review the number of Arab travellers, the Kingdom's largest market, has risen by 5.1 per cent, while the feeder market that has shown the most growth is the United States where traffic has more than doubled showing a staggering 108 per cent increase, she added.

The number of holidaymakers on package tour has also increased by 120 per cent for January and February this year, while the average length of stay now equates to 4.19 days as opposed to 3.34 last year.

The Dead Sea resorts and the City of Petra, Ms Buran said, are the Kingdom's biggest attraction, with the rose-tinted city witnessing a 243 per cent growth some 64,000 visitors for the first quarter of 2004.

According to Sultan Abu Jaber, Secretary-General at the Ministry of Tourism in Jordan, the total investments in hotels in the Kingdom is about $ 1.2 billion.

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