General Travel News

Tourist Traffic To Petra Falls 30%

Visitors to Petra fell 30% in the first three months of 2009 compared to the same period last year according to official figures.  Between January and March 2009 about 140,000 tourists visited Petra compared to 200,000 visitors for the same period last year.    Petra reserve figures show entry fees generated JD2.7 million during this period.  

A Petra Hotels representative, Hussein Hilalat, attributed the decreased number of visitors to the global financial crisis and expects the numbers this month to be low.  Mr. Hilalat noted about 1/3 of the visitors in the first three months were passengers on cruise ships and spent only one day in Petra so did not use facilities. He noted the occupancy rate is currently 100% because of Easter and was hopeful things would improve.
 

More General Travel News
Constance Halaveli Maldives offers the luxury of space in seclusion
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Readers' Choice Award
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in the GCC
Latest Travel News
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Re...
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in t...
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Featured Sights To See
Livrustkammaren

Livrustkammaren

Stockholm, Sweden

Situated in the vaults underneath the Royal Palace, The Royal Armory Museum is truly a historical treat. The museum’s collection spans over 500 years of royal history replete with sagas of love and murder, weddings and death, victory and defeat. While at the museum, you can enjoy everything, from royal costumes, weapons, armors and carriages to preserved stomach contents of conspirators and assass...

'Kiswa' (The Drape Of The Kaabah) Factory

'Kiswa' (The Drape Of The Kaabah) Factory

Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Located in Makkah, this is where the famous black silk cover of the Ka'aba is hand stitched with real gold thread. If your taxi fellow is a true local, he will know how to take you there. You can see how the cover is prepared. If you are lucky, they might even cut you out a piece of the cover to take home (find a worker from your part of the world there and convince him).  ...

Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño

Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño

Caracas, Venezuela

Address: Parque Central The Cultural Complex of Teresa Carreño is the pinnacle of artistic expression within the city. The place contains performance spaces for all forms of art, including theatrical auditoria, exhibition halls and galleries, dance stages, concert spaces, and ballet set-ups. Every year the place attracts a large number of local and foreign performers who come delight Caraqu...

Statue of Liberty replica

Statue of Liberty replica

Paris, France

Located on the manmade Île des Cygnes (Isle of Swans), this is a 1/5 scale replica of the original in New York.  It is the largest of three replicas of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.  The others are in the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Musée des Arts et Métiers.   Metro: Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel (RER C), Bir-Hakeem (6) ...