Outbound Domestic Expenditure on Travel, Tourism Up 10%

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AMMAN —AlGhad— Domestic spending on overseas and outbound travel and tourism activities has increased by 10.5 per cent, during the first quarter of the year, Q1-2017, according to the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ), to JOD325.1 million, compared to JOD294.1 million in Q1-2016.

This includes national expenditures on travelling for the purposes of tourism, education, medical treatment, and a variety of other intents,

In the overall, Jordanians’ spending on travel in the past 5 years has increased by nearly 10 per cent, from JOD811.9 million in 2012 to JOD892.9 per cent in 2016.

In 2013, however, spending declined slightly to JOD778.3 million, around 4 per cent, with the escalation of conflict in Syria, a primary tourism and trade destination for Jordanians.

The following year, expenditures on travel picked up again in 2014, at JOD810.7 million, and JOD823.5 million in 2015.

The increase in travelling expenditures is due mostly to the increase of Jordanian travellers in the past 5 years, up 13 per cent on the average.

In 2016, 2.75 million Jordanians travelled overseas, compared to 2.43 million in 2012.

During the first three months of the year, 972 thousand Jordanians have travelled to destinations outside Jordan, up 7.5 per cent from Q1-2016’s 904 thousand.

However, Jordanians expenditures on tourism during the Fitr Eid Holiday, compared to last year’s Eid season, has dropped 35 per cent, mostly due to harsh economic conditions.