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Papal visit could help Jordan’s tourism industry

Papal visit could help Jordan’s tourism industry
27 May 2014

Tourism officials in Jordan are hoping that the visit of Pope Francis will lead to a spike in visitor numbers in the coming weeks and months.

Of course, there has been a decline in the tourism industry in this part of the world over the last few years due to ongoing political uncertainty.

However, it is hoped that the papal visit will have the opposite impact. The industry is actually central to the local economy, and yet has been in a depressed state for the last few years.

In this sense – as well as others that are more well documented – it could have a major impact on the country.

Speaking to Al Jazeera,  Mohammad Moumani, Jordan's Media minister, said that around 90,000 people visit the site of Jesus’ baptism every year.

"But,” he added, “we hope numbers will double after the pope's visit. It is an opportunity for the world to learn about the historic religious sites in Jordan."ADNFCR-408-ID-801723312-ADNFCR

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