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Gaza war costs Jordan’s tourism sector JD 200 million monthly

By : JD

Jordan Daily – Jordan’s tourism sector has suffered a monthly loss of 200 million dinars due to the ongoing Israeli offensive on Gaza, Tourism Minister Makram Al-Qaisi said on Tuesday.

Al-Qaisi told a media briefing that the crisis has forced the closure of two hotels and 12 tourist offices, while 25 new hotels and 73 new offices had been licensed to operate.

He also said that 21 restaurants had shut down and 96 new ones had opened, as the sector tried to cope with the impact of the violence in the neighbouring Palestinian enclave.

Jordan, which hosts many of the region’s holy sites and archaeological attractions, relies heavily on tourism as a source of income and employment. The sector accounts for about 10% of the country’s GDP and employs more than 100,000 people.

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