“The absence of tourists has had a direct impact on poverty in Jordan and we implore travelers to do their research and find out more about the history and the current state of the area.
We know that 80 percent of guests coming to Feynan Ecolodge are seeking a unique, culturally fulfilling, adventure which is why we do our very best to enlighten them about sustainable tourism and give them something to take away and consider before planning their next trip. It's these sorts of responsible travelers that we need to visit Jordan to see for themselves that it's a safe place. It's only through their return that we'll be able to continue our commitment towards conservation and poverty reduction through sustainable tourism.
“On one typical day in January 2016, all of the hotels in Petra received just 20 guests. Wadi Rum, Petra and the communities living and working in and around Dana Biosphere Reserve have come to rely on tourism as their main source of income. Although there's still much to do in terms of waste reduction, recycling and educating both tourists and local people on the benefits of responsible tourism, if there's no one coming to our region then who knows where we'll be another five years further down the track.”
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