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In 1998, Wadi Rum was declared a protected area to safeguard its unique desert landscape In 1998, Wadi Rum was declared a protected area to safeguard its unique desert landscape

97 Percent Visitor Rise to Jordan’s Wadi Rum

The number of tourists staying at hotels near the southern Jordanian protected Wadi Rum desert jumped by 97 percent during 2017 compared to the previous year, according to Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA).

ASEZA further revealed that the number of tourists staying at Aqaba-based hotels had grown by 13 percent throughout 2017, compared to 2016.

Speaking to local media, Nasser Shraideh, chief commissioner, ASEZA, confirmed the number of tourists staying within the area had reached 640,000 during 2017 compared to 2016’s 567,000.

Shraideh added that the number of tourists staying close to the vicinity of Wadi Rum had grown from 82,000 over 2016 to 162,000 a year later.

Shreaideh reportedly noted that hotel occupancy increased from 48.8 percent to 60.1 percent, with the length of stay also growing, from 2.2 to 3.94 nights, and that the number of occupied hotel rooms grew from 4,000 to 4,600.