‘Revenge travel’ hopes offer Jordan ‘cautious optimism’ for stagnant tourism sector

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Published 29 Apr,2021 via The Jordan Times AMMAN — There is “no recovery in sight” for the Kingdom’s tourism and travel sectors, according to stakeholders.

“With or without Ramadan, tourism and travel sectors continue to suffer a severe downturn, and tourism will not recover before September this year,” head of the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA) Awni Kawar told The Jordan Times over the phone on Wednesday.

The accelerating third wave of the pandemic, which has led to imposing new lengthy lockdowns in some countries, has also negatively impacted Jordan’s tourism sector, according to Kawar.

Raising hopes for a wave of “revenge travel”, a pandemic-inspired term that means releasing the urge to travel after prolonged restrictions and lockdowns to catch up on missed opportunities, Kawar noted that it would give sector operators a reason for “cautious optimism”.

“The government’s incentive procedures regarding exempting travellers who received two doses of the vaccine from the PCR test upon arrival to the Kingdom

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