The economic importance of tourism in Jordan


The tourism sector is one of the most vital sectors in Jordan. As the growth of tourism in the past two decades contributed to making it one of the main pillars of the Jordanian national economy due to its bringing in hard foreign currencies and boosting its revenues.  Studies and research indicate that half of the state’s revenues from hard currency are based on tourism, and it strengthened the attraction of many foreign and local investments. To the Jordanian economy; This has resulted in direct revenues to the state in various ways; It consists in obtaining entrance fees to tourist sites, income and sales tax on hotels, and on tourist facilities such as: restaurants, transportation systems, and others.

The cultural significance of tourism in Jordan

Tourism in Jordan is linked to heritage and culture in particular and more closely than it is related to the site and the prevailing climatic condition. Where cultural tourism in Jordan plays an important role in tourist attractions, increasing economic growth and development. This is due to many factors, including: the originality and uniqueness of cultural and religious sites from religious and other sanctities, as well as the religious factor and the issue of political identity, and it should be noted that the overlap and harmony between preserving cultural heritage and tourism plays a major role in improving the economy by preserving heritage and presenting it as a landmark. It is a tourist and cultural symbol for tourists, [4] and the following shows the cultural benefits of tourism:

    Protecting and restoring cultural resources by increasing public investment in them.

    Improving minority languages.

    Spreading culture and its exchange between tourists and local people.

    Influencing aspects of cultural heritage such as the sciences, arts, literature, and culture of local communities.

The social importance of tourism in Jordan

Tourism mainly affects the various aspects of social life, including the values, customs, and traditions of peoples and societies, in addition to strengthening ties between peoples, enhancing understanding, respect and communication among them, and these matters contribute to spreading and achieving peace among peoples. On the other hand, tourism works on Increasing the local population’s awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting resources and monuments, On the other hand, social tourism development goals are defined in the early stages of the tourism planning process in Jordan, which includes providing recreational facilities for the local population and tourists in addition to Meet and satisfy the social desires of individuals and groups of tourists.

The environmental importance of tourism in Jordan

The environment is a major component of the tourist attractions in Jordan. Where tourism is specifically related to closed spaces; This is in order to enjoy the various aspects of nature, including mountains, seas, beaches, green and desert areas, and tourism has contributed to the preservation and protection of the environment; This is through increasing awareness and spreading it among tourists and local residents of environmental values ​​and problems, and helping them use behaviors and activities that are aware of nature and the environment, in addition to the fact that tourism is a tool for financing the protection of natural areas and increasing their economic importance.

Early planning for ecological tourism development in Jordan seeks to preserve the important environmental assets for tourism by reducing errors that may lead to their destruction, in addition to developing the infrastructure for multi-use places such as restaurants, facilities, hotels, parks, and nature reserves; Those whose owners place priority on preserving them as they are a source of income for them, and it should be noted that Jordan has taken a serious approach to protecting the natural environment by establishing many natural reserves; The number of nature reserves at the present time is ten reserves that provide tourists with an exceptional experience to enjoy nature in addition to their role in helping local communities.


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