Petra sees rise in tourist numbers, hotels to reopen
Hotels that closed as result of low turnout in past few years will reopen next year, say reports
Jordan's most popular tourist spot, Petra, has seen a “considerable” rise in visitors compared to the previous year, reports The Jordan Times.
The report adds that since January this year, 521, 000 visitors entered Petra, compared to 461, 000 during all of 2016. Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) President Mohammad Nawafleh estimates the number of visitors to reach 650,000 by the end of 2017.
Due to low visitor turnout the previous year, a number of hotels shut down however Nawafleh stated that they will reopen next year. The number of hotel rooms in Petra stands at 2,300, only 1, 450 of which are available as eight hotels are currently closed, according to PDTRA.