The ancient city of Petra in Jordan saw a ‘considerable’ rise in the number of visitors in 2017 compared with the previous year, reported the Jordan Times.
According to the report, the city saw 521,000 visitors since January this year, compared with 461,000 during the whole of 2016.
Mohammad Nawafleh, president of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), estimates visitor numbers to reach 650,000 by the end of 2017.
A number of hotels were shut down last year due to low visitor numbers. They are expected to reopen next year, said Nawafleh.
The number of hotel rooms in Petra stands at 2,300. However, there are only 1,450 available rooms now as eight hotels are currently closed, PDTRA has stated.