Jordan’s Petra celebrates landmark 1 million guests in a 12 months

Jordan’s historical archaeological web site of Petra acquired 1 million guests in a single 12 months for the primary time ever, with officers organizing celebrations on Thursday on the World Heritage web site. Photograph: Reinhard Kungel/dpa

Jordan’s historical archaeological web site of Petra acquired 1 million guests in a 12 months for the primary time ever, with officers organizing celebrations on Thursday on the World Heritage web site.

A US vacationer obtained the particular ticket no 1 million in 2019, which provides her lifetime entry to the archaeological web site often called the Rose Metropolis.

“We’re right here on our honeymoon. It’s our first time to Jordan,” she advised al-Mamlaka TV earlier than becoming a member of the celebrations that included folklore dancing and fireworks.

Jordan has been making an attempt to draw vacationers and improve income of the sector, which accounts for round 13 per cent of its gross home product (GDP).

The best variety of guests was in 2010, when round 970,000 folks went to the location in southern Jordan. Final 12 months, 812,000 folks visited Petra, based on official figures.

The celebrations at Petra come after a knife assault earlier this month left 4 vacationers and 4 Jordanians injured on the Roman web site of Jerash, north of the capital Amman.

The assault raised considerations because the nation has been making an attempt to revive its financial system, which has been hit by neighbouring conflicts and an inflow of refugees, pushing the unemployment fee to greater than 18 per cent.

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