According to Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), a historical moment took place in the last few days of November. Alison Carey, from the United States, was the millionth visitor of 2019. She was visiting the Kingdom with her husband, Andrew for their honeymoon. The millionth visitor received gifts, including a certificate, a golden pass to Petra for life and a seven-day trip to Jordan for two.
The total number of visitors to the ancient city stood at 620,000 in 2017, 827,000 in 2018, and 875,000 up to the end of October 2019, PDTRA’s Chief Commissioner Suleiman Farajat told The Jordan Times.
Farajat said that the average stay of international tourists visiting Jordan is about seven days, with an average of 1.2 days spent in Petra enjoying its “wondrous sites”. The authority works side by side with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Jordan Tourism Board, and Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority to increase the Kingdom’s competitiveness as an international destination, he said.