Doing my research for our forthcoming trip to Jordan, I came across a fascinating website of the Petra National Trust. The website is very well done and the first that I have encountered that is detailed and obviously updated regularly. Some pieces of tidbits:
(a) There were 728,108 visitors to Petra last year compared to 180,000 in 1989.
(b) April and Oct were the busiest months each with over 95,000 visitors while Feb had 34,000.
(c) Of the total 8.87% were Americans (USA) and 10.16% were from France. Visitors from Spain, Germany, UK and Italy were each in the 8- 11% range. Jordanians comprised 14% of the total. I was surprised at how very few visitors come from other Arab countries and Africa - a huge untapped market.
(d) Current entry fee for tourists is 33JD going up to 50JD in Nov. The fee for those who have not spent a night in Jordan (wonder how they know?) is a whopping 90JD. Children under 15 and the disabled are free.
(e) Income from entrance fees in 2009 was 13.5 million JDEdited: 15 July 2010, 18:07