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Petra witnesses ‘considerable’ rise in tourist numbers


AMMAN — The number of tourists who visited Petra in 2017 increased “considerably” compared to the previous year, an official said.

Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) President Mohammad Nawafleh said that, since January this year, 521, 000 visitors entered Petra, compared to 461, 000 during all of 2016.

PDTRA said they expect the number to reach 650,000 by the end of 2017. 

In October, the average number of visitors per day reached 1, 800, Nawafleh said.

“The number of tourists visiting the ancient city until November has recorded a promising increase towards the end of the year, considering that November and December are part of the high season during which the rose-red city is supposed to receive more visitors,” Nawafleh told The Jordan Times over the phone on Sunday.

Source: Jordan Timeas

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