Jordan recorded a total of one million tourists in 2020, ranking 88th in the world in absolute terms.
That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Jordan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.12 tourists per resident, Jordan ranked 111st in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 14th.
Jordan generated around 1.75 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.9 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 2 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Asia.
On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 1,190 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Jordan spend only around 850 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.
Development of the tourism sector in Jordan from 1995 to 2020
The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Jordan each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.
Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 18 countries in Western Asia.
Revenues in tourism
In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 973.00 million USD, or about 14.46 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 3.28 million tourists at that time and roughly 297 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country s dependence on tourism has increased slightly. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, sales took up $6.77 billion billion, 15.20 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $1,262 on their vacation in Jordan.
In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the $6.77 billion billion (2019), only $1.75 billion billion remained. This is a 74 percent decrease in Jordan.
Source: World Data.