Aqaba’s Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) has reportedly confirmed that 72,000 visitors arrived in the Jordanian city during the Eid Al Fitr holidays.
As part of its efforts to attract tourists to Aqaba, ASEZA held various festivities and events during the Eid holiday.
Despite the organisation’s efforts to boost tourism in the city, a large number of visitors chose to spend the holiday at Egypt’s Taba resort or in Sharm El Sheikh, citing hikes in the rent of furnished apartments as the main reason, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
It added that visitors allegedly complained about the increase in hotel suite rates, reporting that some apartments would normally rent for JD25 a night and were priced at JD100 to rent during the holiday.
However, booking rates in Aqaba exceeded 95% at most hotels, especially those with four- and five-star ratings, particularly since Eid Al Fitr coincided with the official holiday to mark His Majesty King Abdullah’s 20th Accession to the Throne anniversary, extending the holiday to six days.