Jordan Revenue from Therapeutic Tourism Drops 15%

تم نشره في Thu 25 February / Feb 2016. 05:24 PM - آخر تعديل في Thu 25 February / Feb 2016. 05:26 PM
  • حمامات ماعين أحد مرافق السياحة العلاجية في المملكة - (أرشيفية)

AMMAN—Head of Jordan Private Hospitals Association (PHA) Dr Fawzi Al Hammouri stated that the Kingdom’s revenue from therapeutic tourism has taken a 15 per cent fall in 2015 declining to USD1.02 billion, compared to the year before.

Dr Hamouri explained that one of the most important reasons behind this decline is the intensifying competition with other countries in the region like Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia, indicating the numbers have dropped from 250 thousand tourists in 2014 to 225 thousand last year.

Another reason, he mentioned, is the strictly applied security measures on tourists of some nationalities who visit Jordan for therapeutic therapy and medical reasons.

Moreover, increasing taxation on private hospitals to 20 per cent, added the sky rocketing costs of electricity and utilities, make up another main block of reasons why the sector has been losing revenue.

On their part, the Ministry of Tourism stated that there are no shortcomings on the Ministry’s side, having put together several promotional campaigns to vitalise the sector.