Hotel bookings soar ahead of Eid holiday — Jordan

AMMAN — Hotel reservations in Jordan during the Eid Al Fitr holiday are booked at more than 90% capacity, according to the Jordan Hotels Association (JHA).

The JHA said booking and occupancy rates for hotels in Jordan, which include Amman, the Dead Sea, Petra and Aqaba, have seen a significant increase since March this year.

This can be attributed to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions as well as recent warmer weather, according to the JHA.

Mustafa Rahahleh, sales manager at a five-star hotel in the Dead Sea region, told The Jordan Times in a recent interview that the hotel was already fully booked for the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

“Bookings are mainly from Jordanians, but there are also a good number of Arab and foreign tourists,” he said.

Rahahleh said the hotel has experienced “unexpected crowds” during Ramadan, with occupancy rates around 80% since the beginning of the month until today.

“It’s a good time to visit the Dead Sea because the weather is great here, so people come to enjoy their days even during Ramadan and especially during weekends,” Rahahleh continued.

Lana Sartawi, a travel agency in Amman, noted that tourism and travel demand during Eid is “higher than expected”.

“After two years of travel restrictions and limited destinations, people have the opportunity to travel as normal again. Both domestic and overseas tourism has high demand, with people making reservations for Aqaba and Wadi Rum almost as much as they book trips to other countries,” Sartawi told The Jordan Times in a recent interview.

Sartawi said most hotels in Aqaba are nearly full for the Eid holiday because “Aqaba is experiencing high demand from Jordanians, especially youth groups.”

According to Imad Akil, general manager of a four-star hotel, the hotel’s occupancy rate during Eid is expected to be around 40%, mainly due to travelers from the Gulf, with the majority coming from the United Arab Emirates and other countries. ‘Saudi Arabia. During Ramadan, the hotel’s occupancy rate reached 18 percent, Akil noted.

“We are optimistic about an increase in occupancy during the Eid holidays and beyond, hoping to reach a minimum of 40%,” Akil told The Jordan Times.

Malik Fayyad, a 26-year-old Jordanian, expressed his excitement for the Eid holiday. “I can’t wait to take some time off and enjoy a trip to Wadi Rum and Aqaba that my friends and I had planned,” he told The Jordan Times.

Fayyad said his family will also travel during Eid, noting the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and measures was a “big step” and encouraged people to travel.

“Almost everyone I know is going somewhere during Eid,” he added.

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