Can Jordan's 'Indiana Jones' city of Petra survive as tourists stay away?
By Adrian Mourby, for CNN
(CNN)Tourism should be booming in Jordan but visitor numbers are down, historic buildings are in danger of collapse and hotels are struggling.
The recent discovery of a massive new monument in the abandoned "Indiana Jones" city of Petra should be a cause for rejoicing but tourists are staying away from this peaceful Middle Eastern kingdom.
"We are a very quiet country," says Waleed Hyasat, who guides tourists around Petra. "But unfortunately we have some very noisy neighbors."
At the turn of the new millennium Petra was receiving more than 700,000 visitors a year but the 21st century has been a turbulent time in the Middle East and nowadays the average visitor figure hovers near 425,000.
Hyasat says he's thinking of emigrating to the United States if tourism doesn't pick up.
Petra is Jordan's biggest tourist attraction, its world-famous heritage status enhanced by being the setting for the finale of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
In June satellites and archeological survey drones revealed a huge ceremonial platform to the south of the ancient city center.
It's as long as an Olympic-size swimming pool and twice as wide.