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Arab visitors to Jordan down 12 per cent as regional upheaval continues to bite

Number of overnight visitors dropped 7.4 per cent, while number of one-day visitors sank 20 per cent in January-September

The number of Arab tourists who visited Jordan during the first nine months of the current year dropped by 12.3 per cent, according to official government data.

During the nine-month period, almost two million Arab tourists came to the Western Asian Arab country, compared with 2.2m in the corresponding period of 2014.

The data by the Jordan Tourism Board indicates that the number of overnight visitors edged down by 7.4 per cent to a total of 1.2m against 1.3m during the same period last year.

The January-September period saw the number of one-day visitors sinking by 20 per cent to 721,622 visitors compared with 900,000 in the same period of last year.

According to the figures published by Al-Ghad daily, a total of 3.7m foreign and Arab tourists visited Jordan during the same period, indicating a nine per cent decline when compared with the 4.1m visitors who came to the kingdom in the same period.

Jordan’s tourism, a major underpinning of the national economy, was hit hard by the turmoil in regional countries.