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High hopes of recovery in Aqaba’s tourism after Sharm el-Sheikh incident

City “will not be able to compete without decreasing taxes and operating costs”

Many workers in the field of tourism in Aqaba hope that the tourist season would witness a recovery after the Russian plane crash in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Thousands of foreign tourists flew home from Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh last week after the downing of a Russian airliner, for which militants claimed responsibility, reports Jordan-based Assabeel.

Many observers called on the Aqaba Authority and Tourism Directorate to promote Aqaba as a tourist destination that is more secure for Russia and European countries, especially that Aqaba is very similar to the Egyptian city, Sharm El Sheikh.

According to many experts, attracting tourism to Aqaba imposes significant challenges to the Aqaba Authority, especially with regard to increasing hotel rooms, improving infrastructure and providing tax breaks to encourage tourism.

Salah Bitar, president of Aqaba Hotels Association, stresses that Aqaba will not be able to compete without decreasing taxes and operating costs to encourage tourists from different countries to come to Aqaba.