Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, the managing director of the Jordan Tourism Board, has counselled tour groups are still running as scheduled following a terror attack in the country over the weekend. “Visitors continue to fly into our airports and we do not expect this incident to affect the tourism sector as Jordan remains to be an oasis of calm in a turbulent region,” said Arabiyat.
An ancient tomb has been discovered in Jordan in the northern town of Beit Ras during an excavation project to expand a local waste-water sanitation network. The tomb includes a cave with two burial chambers. The larger chamber contains a basalt stone rock-cut tomb decorated with raised etchings of two lion heads and with several human bones enclosed.
The ‘ExtraJORDANary’ campaign will run until September 2016 with the objective of attracting visitors to Jordan and increasing arrival figures in 2016 and into 2017. Jordan is home to a plethora of extraordinary attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra and the Dead Sea, a world wonder in its own right and, sitting at 400 metres below sea level, the lowest point on earth.
The Jordan Tourism Board and Qantas Airways have committed to undertake joint promotional activities in Australia and Jordan to support tourism and trade between the two countries. The joint activities will include a series of tactical promotions using Qantas sales channels and industry partners in Australia and in Jordan.
The Jordanian government has approved several measures to uplift the tourism sector, designed to make travelling to Jordan more convenient for people of all nationalities. Most significantly visa fees are to be waived for tourists of all nationalities with immediate effect. The move applies to visitors coming through Jordanian tour operators, whether travelling individually or in groups.
Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Issam Arabiyat, managing director and Nidal Katamine, minister of labour and tourism, Jordan Tourism Board talk to Breaking Travel News on Day 1 at World Travel Market 2014.
Jordan Tourism Board has said it will provide commercial support for charter flights with immediate effect. The Charter Support Programme will cover the cost of empty charter seats providing the operator meets the programme’s various criteria including running 16 or more direct flights over a four month period averaging no less than one flight every calendar week.
Departure tax for tourists travelling in groups to Jordan flying into the Red Sea resort of Aqaba will be waived until next year as part of wider efforts to boost visitors to the destination the tourism board has announced. Groups flying on low cost carriers and charter flights into Aqaba’s King Hussein Airport will no longer be required to pay the departure tax of 40JOD (£34) per person until February 26th 2015 following a decision made by the ministry of finance.
The Jordan Tourist Board has announced a growth of 20 per cent in UK visitor numbers in August 2013 – a record number of visitors for that month. Jordan welcomed 5,707 UK tourists to the country in August 2013, compared to 4,754 the previous year.
The Jordan Tourism Board has announced the launch of its new food website, reflecting JTB’s insistence on expanding their tourism product to adhere to more niches and markets within the travel and tourism industry. “We are very excited about this addition to the Jordan Tourism Board website,” said Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, managing director, Jordan Tourism Board.
The Jordan Tourist Board has announced a growth of 3.5 per cent in UK visitor numbers during 2012 – with a record 69,845 UK tourists visiting the country throughout the year. October was, once again, the top month for UK tourists with 6,647 UK tourists visiting Jordan; however the top year-on-year growth month was January which saw a 17.9 per cent increase in UK tourists compared to 2011.