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With its rock-hewn ancient city of Petra, lunarlike landscape of Wadi Rum and a medical tourism drive, Jordan is luring back foreign visitors scared off by regional upheaval and militant attacks.Jordan welcomed 7 million tourists in 2010, but arrivals plunged to around 3 million in each of the following two years, according to tourism board head Abed al-Razzaq Arabiyat.Today Jordan's historical jewels are a major draw.Jordan boasts 21,000 archaeological and historical sites that span millennia, according to the tourism board.Medical tourism now directly employs 35,000 people in Jordan, according to Hammouri.Jordan is also a traditional stop for Muslim pilgrims visiting holy sites in the region.And now the kingdom hopes to woo more European visitors thanks to an agreement struck in February with low-cost airline Ryanair to introduce 14 new routes between Europe and Jordan.
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