The Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue to take its toll on the region. This time, it has found its expression in the tourism industry. According to Al-Rai newspaper, the past several weeks have brought to a total collapse in the Middle East tourism sector. The majority of the hotel, tourism and travel reservations in the region have been cancelled.
The travel and tourism agencies operating throughout the kingdom of Jordan in general, and those bringing groups from Israel in particular, have felt the negative effects of the violent incidences occurring throughout the occupied territories.
These agencies constitute 10 percent of the total operating tourism and travel agencies in Jordan. The tourists arriving from Israel are Jordan’s second largest source of incoming tourism, following Saudi Arabia. The majority of Jordan’s hotels reported a 46-71 percent occupancy rate during the past few weeks. — (Albawaba-MEBG)