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COVID-19 update

COVID-19 is being effectively monitored, controlled and treated in Jordan. The Ministry of Health and Royal Medical Services are actively monitoring the situation and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners. We know that COVID-19 remains top of mind for many travelers. Jordan has taken a lead to get ahead of the curve and took extreme quarantine measures early on to protect citizens, visitors and guests. Jordan has been successful in flattening the curve, maintaining it while making sure that citizens were also taken care of.

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Jordan Tourism Board and our industry partners will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in other countries closely and assess potential impacts in our region. We are committed to providing updates as new information becomes available. While the world today is clouded in uncertainty, we believe in the allure of travel. Whether you have an upcoming trip, you've postponed your plans, or you’re thinking about a future journey, it's still okay to dream.
Jordan will be ready when you are.

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Government Announcement

Based on the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, made on Saturday the 14th of March 2020, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will be temporarily closing all tourism sites, attractions and museums. This decision was made as a preventative measure to make sure that all sites are sterilized and cleaned in an effort to protect Jordanians and visiting tourists from the transmission of Covid-19 (coronavirus). Tourism sites will reopen in one week.

Sales on the Jordan Pass will also be halted temporarily. For those who have already purchased the Jordan Pass, the pass remains valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and can be used in a future visit to the destination. For refunds please contact: info@jordanpass.jo

It is crucial to note that the decision also includes a suspension of all flights into and out of the Kingdom starting on Tuesday the 17th of March and until further notice. This does not include cargo flights. Land and sea borders will also be closed until further notice not including commercial trucks.

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The Launch of Jordan’s First Meeting Planner’s Guide

The Jordan Tourism Board is thrilled to announce the launch of the very first edition of the Jordan Meeting Planner’s Guide. The new publication is considered a comprehensive guide to planning meetings and conferences in Jordan; one of the top meeting destinations in the region. In 2018 Jordan ranked second in the Middle East for number of conferences and meetings held according to statistics issued by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The newly published meeting planner’s guide is full of all the vital information a meeting planner would require to create an ideal, customized program for their event.
An all-inclusive illustrated one-stop shop guide to Jordan which details all information on meeting facilities, accommodation, professional congress organizers and destination management companies, events, and unique venues– all shown with wonderful full-color photography and up-to-date capacities for convention venues, accommodation and more.
“The guide, an initiative of the Jordan Convention Bureau (JCB); a unit within the Tourism Board, offers a comprehensive and informative resource to both local and international meeting planners,” says Dr. Abed Al-Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board. He continues to state: “The release of this official guide should signify how serious Jordan is towards the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector. For this reason, we will continue to position this great country as the destination of choice for both leisure and business travellers."
Whilst producing this guide, the focus was primarily on showcasing Jordan’s capabilities, emphasizing its strengths and broadening its image as an established destination for business meetings by providing informative content presented in high-quality design. Not only is Jordan equipped with innovative state-of-the-art facilities, but is also a regional scientific and business hub; an inspirational destination which guarantees to meet and exceed any planner’s expectations.
For further information, please contact [Mrs. Luma Khatib] at [luma@visitjordan.com]


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PCMA Teams up With Jordan Convention Bureau for Education Initiative

PCMA and the Jordan Convention Bureau (JCB) have partnered to provide business events education to business events industry stakeholders in Amman, Jordan.
The new partnership was facilitated by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism (BEST) project, which seeks to enable Jordan’s transformation into a globally competitive tourism destination.
The first educational workshop resulting from the new partnership took place Jan. 18-19 at The Regency Grand Palace Hotel Amman, bringing together 25 industry professionals from the area for sessions designed to share effective strategies to increase competitiveness so they can help attract more regional and international business to Jordan.
Eduardo Chaillo, CEO of U.S.-based Global Meetings and Tourism Specialists, and Jane Culcheth Beard, a U.K.-based experiential marketing director who is the former head of Strategic Events at HP, led the two-day workshop.
In sessions and through exercises, attendees increased their understanding of the dynamics of the global corporate meetings sector, decision-making processes, and how DMCs, meeting planners, and others can work effectively with the Jordan Convention Bureau to promote the destination.
In 2018, the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) global rankings named Jordan one of the fastest-growing association meetings destinations in the world. USAID BEST, however, recognized a huge opportunity to capitalize on Jordan’s assets to attract, increase, and retain more corporate business events. The partnership grew out of that need.
“This partnership is extremely important for Jordan,” Luma Al-Khatib, head of the Jordan Convention Bureau , told Convene in an email. “It helps open channels of communication and give great opportunities for different kinds of development for the destination in the meeting business in general, and especially for an emerging destination like Jordan.”
PCMA and the JCB are in talks to bring webinars and future educational workshops to JCB members in 2020 and beyond.

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Coldplay chooses Jordan to release their first album in four years “Everyday Life” on November 22, in Amman

(Amman - November 01, 2019) – International rock band Coldplay has announced they are launching their anticipated album “Everyday Life”, on Friday, November 22, 2019 with two performances in Amman, Jordan – livestreamed on YouTube.
According to the band, Coldplay chose Jordan for its natural beauty and historical and cultural significance, while also reflecting the middle eastern flavors and motifs that permeate the album’s music and artwork. The band added “We’re really excited to launch our new album in Jordan. It has always felt like the perfect place for these two special shows.”
“We are honored that Jordan, the land of hospitality, home of Petra and the legendary Wadi Rum was chosen by Coldplay to debut their latest album, “said, Majd Shweikeh, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. “A hub for adventure, cultural, historical and faith-based tourism, Jordan is becoming the favorite location of international artists for music, film and festivals.”
Jordan Tourism Board is proud to be one of the entities supporting this international event that will take place in Amman. Known in the ancient world as Philadelphia, the city of Amman has been inhabited since the Bronze age, and has been a home to a diverse range of ancient civilizations.
The album is being pre-promoted on an international scale, teaser posters featuring the band members in black and white vintage-style photos surfaced mid-October in cities all over the globe, including Amman, Berlin, Hong Kong, Madrid, São Paulo and Sydney.
Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, said, “I am excited this launch will showcase Jordan to the world in the light that it deserves hand in hand with  international music icons who carry similar values and messages as the people of my country. Jordan has always been an exporter of peace, a beacon of hope and harmony in line with the cover of the album promoting peace and love. Having been picked by Coldplay to represent the spirituality and harmonious togetherness their music encompasses, wasn’t that farfetched, as Jordan is a true advocate of peace.”
“I am certain this collaboration will have an economic impact on Jordan when we welcome media and Jordanians to attend Coldplay’s album reveal, and we hope the global audience for the concerts will encourage more people to visit Jordan.” Arabiyat said.
“Everyday Life” is a double album, split into two halves, “Sunrise” and “Sunset” and will feature 16 songs, one of which is titled “Bani Adam” and is written in Arabic script. “Bani Adam,” literally translates to “Children of Adam”, The track is inspired by the 1258 AD poem of the same name by Iranian poet Saadi Shirazi who was recognized for his artistic work that revolves around social responsibility and morality.
Coldplay were formed in 1997 and are currently the biggest-selling British band of the 21st century. They have won seven Grammys and eight Brit Awards.


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Jordan Tourism Board Announces 3 New easyJet Routes for the 2019 Winter Season

(Amman – July 11, 2019) – The Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) and The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities are delighted to announce that the partnership with easyJet, one of the world’s leading low cost cariers, is already expanding its operations with the addition of 3 new routes to AqabaI from Venice, Geneva, and Milan as part of its Jordan Winter 2019 schedule. With a total of 5 routes connecting between 4 countries, the new routes are a part of the ever-growing partnership between Jordan and easyJet. HE Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Majd Shweikeh, elaborated: “Jordan has witnessed a tremendous positive shift in the tourism sector in 2018, and in 2019, the momentum is still as steadfast as it was last year. This expansion is the result of very hard work and we can see the results of our efforts with LCCs on the ground in every tourism attraction. We look forward to more success in the future with more routes and more tourism arrivals which will encourage more development and investment in this vital sector.”
Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, said: “We are very happy to see tangible results in Jordan from our partnership with easyJet. We see this expansion as an indicator of the type of success that the tourism sector is witnessing. We are more than doubling the number of routes this year operated by easyJet to Aqaba and we see this partnership expanding more and more in the years to come. We’re working closely with easyJet and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to make sure that Jordan is an accessible and affordable destination for every type of traveler.”
The new routes will operate with two weekly flights from Venice, Geneva and Milan to Aqaba during the winter season. EasyJet already operates winter seasonal flights to the Red Sea city of Aqaba from London and Berlin making the number of routes operated to Aqaba by easyJet a total of five.
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Jordan Tourism Board Adopts Tourism-Enhancing EnjoyJo Project Created by 17-year Old Robert Said

(Amman - May XX, 2019) – Jordan Tourism Board has signed a partnership agreement with EnjoyJo project, the brainchild of 17-year old King’s Academy student Robert Said, which aims to enhance the Jordanian tourism sector by providing additional valuable services to Jordan-bound tourists. The project was created with an aim to benefit both the tourism industry and local businesses, as well as add value to tourists when visiting Jordan, all without incurring any cost by JTB nor the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, said: “Jordan has always been recognized as a young country with a beating heart that strives for more innovation. Young Mr. Said has impressed us with his creative forward thinking, manifested by his refreshing EnjoyJo idea that aims to enhance the tourism experience in Jordan with practical modern tools. Our doors are always open for all kinds of ideas that can truly stand out, bring more to the table and infuse a difference in the industry.”
EnjoyJo project entails providing tourists with a package that includes the EnjoyJo offers card, a mobile data line from one of the local telecom operators and great offers from local businesses, venues and unique experience providers. Moreover, tourists would be able to download a mobile app, which would easily enable them to benefit from all these services and offers.
Upon using EnjoyJo system, tourists would obtain significant rewards as they spend more in local businesses -which would reflect positively on these businesses. The project would incentivize tourists to visit places other than the internationally known sites and engage in local experiences. In addition to the ability to market Jordan, its hospitality, sites and businesses, EnjoyJo will also aid in gathering intelligent feedback from tourists thus helping the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities focus on what is performing well and implement improvement where needed.
Robert mentioned:
I see a lot of potential in Jordan, especially in tourism. Throughout the years, we hosted many friends who have never been to Jordan. Often, their visit only constitutes of going to Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, and sometimes Aqaba. Although those are breathtaking sites to see, there is so much more Jordan can offer, and a lot of what Jordan can offer comes from local businesses. I formulated an idea that addresses this. Enjoy-jo provides tourists with unique experiences being exposed to those hidden gems, it helps local businesses thrive, and it helps propel Jordan’s economy. I want to thank JTB, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and the Crown Prince Foundation for making this possible, and I also want to encourage Jordanian youth to share their ideas because they too can make a difference.
EnjoyJo app has been adopted by JTB and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, is supported by Crown Prince Foundation, and will launch mid-July.

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Muhammed Muheisen Appointed as a Global Ambassador for Jordan Tourism Board

(Amman, Jordan) Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - The Managing Director of Jordan Tourism Board, Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, has appointed world-renowned photographer Mr. Muhammed Muheisen, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and a National Geographic photographer as a global ambassador for Jordan Tourism Board.
Dr. Arabiyat pointed to the importance of photography as a tool to promote the country if it’s delivered the right way by the right people; hence, the importance of Muheisen’s work and his efforts to deliver the beauty of Jordan through his eyes.
Meanwhile, Muheisen mentioned the importance of delivering the right image of the Kingdom to the world, adding that it is his duty and responsibility as a Jordanian to present the authentic image of the country to the world through his art. Moreover, he mentioned the efforts and the important role that Jordan Tourism Board plays to promote the country that encompasses all the elements of beauty and authenticity.
Muheisen insisted on the importance of fact-checking and delivering the right image and information of the country, away from rumors that could harm the image of the Kingdom.
World-renowned photographer Muhammed Muheisen has received numerous international awards, he is also considered a global influencer who uses his talent to document stories and spread awareness.
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You can follow Muhammed Muheisen on his social media platforms:
Instagram: @mmuheisen & @mmuheisenpublic
Facebook: @mmuheisen
Twitter: @muheisen81

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RYANAIR LAUNCHES JORDAN SUMMER 2019 SCHEDULE WHICH INCLUDES NEW MALTA TO AMMAN ROUTE

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today (5 Nov) announced a new twice weekly service from Malta to Amman, its 15 th route to Jordan. Ryanair will carry almost 500,000 customers p.a. to/from Jordan on 15 routes in total to Amman and Aqaba airports in the next year.

Ryanair’s Amman Summer 2019 schedule now includes:
 1 new route to Malta (2 wkly)
 11 routes in total: Bologna (2), Brussels (2), Bucharest (2), Budapest (2),
Krakow (2), Malta (2), Milan Bergamo (3), Paphos (2),
Prague (2), Vilnius (2) & Warsaw (2)
 430,000 customers p.a.
 300* on-site jobs

In addition, Ryanair’s Aqaba Winter 2018 schedule includes:
 4 routes in total: Athens (2), Cologne (2), Rome Ciampino (2) & Sofia (2)
 Over 55,000 customers p.a.
 40 on-site* jobs
Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien said:
“Ryanair is pleased to announce a brand new route from Malta to Amman as part of our Summer 2019 schedule, which includes 11 routes to Amman. We are delighted to strengthen our cooperation with the Jordan Tourism Board. This new route to Malta further promotes Jordanian tourism and will introduce guests from a twelfth European country to one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world.
To celebrate we are releasing seats for sale on these routes from just €14.99, for travel in January 2019, which are only available for booking until midnight Thursday (8 Nov). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”
Jordan Tourism Board’s Managing Director, Dr. Abed Al-Razaq Arabiyat said:
“The aviation industry in Jordan has witnessed a significant lift due to low-cost flights to and from the Kingdom, which made Jordan an accessible and affordable destination to the European tourist. By adding heritage-rich Malta to its European fleet to and from Jordan on bi-weekly basis, Ryanair is introducing time-old, yet modern, Jordan to new travellers, which would reflect positively on the local economy due to this touristic surge that will activate the service industry: hotels, restaurants, transportation and car rentals, just to name a few.”
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*ACI research confirms up to 750 ‘on-site’ jobs are sustained at international airports for every 1m passengers

For further information please contact: Robin Kiely
Ryanair DAC
Tel: +353-1-9451949
press@ryanair.com 

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Jordan on the List of Lonely Planet’s Top Countries to Visit in 2019

This nomination will play a pivotal role in increasing the number of new tourists to Jordan to explore this Middle Eastern time-old destination with a modern twist (Amman, Jordan) Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - The world-renowned travel guidebook publisher, Lonely Plant, has named Jordan as a destination that travelers need to visit in 2019. Each year, travel enthusiasts around the globe anticipate the release of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide, a go-to source for the best travel destinations, unique experiences and trends for the year ahead, and this year, Jordan has been named one of the 10 most coveted destinations for 2019.

HE Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Lina Annab, said: “Featuring sixth on such a prestigious, international and trusted publication is quite an achievement for Jordan. This nomination will play a pivotal role in increasing the number of new tourists to Jordan to explore this Middle Eastern time-old destination with a modern twist and will act as a reminder to those who’ve already visited Jordan that a revisit to this marvelous country is due. This anticipated increase in number of tourists is in perfect harmony with the Kingdom’s plan for continued growth and development.”

She continued, “Recently, a number of steps have been taken into consideration to ensure Jordan is an accessible destination, to support the continuous flow of tourists, these steps include recent partnerships with low-fare carriers and charter flights with an increasing number of routes.”

Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, managing director of the Jordan Tourism Board, elaborated saying “We are thrilled to see that the efforts invested by the Jordan Tourism Board has been recognized by leading travel publication Lonely Planet, which has been guiding travel enthusiasts from every corner of the world for nearly 45 years. The list will showcase Jordan as a hub for adventure through the Jordan Trail, where visitors can hike, bike or visit the lowest point on Earth at The Dead Sea. Not only that, but visitors can also camp in the Wadi Rum desert and marvel at the sky’s clear stars, visit the Nabatean’s Petra, one of the seven wonders of the World or enjoy the Red Sea’s lush coral scene in Aqaba.”

Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director, said: “Exciting endeavors are Jordan’s specialty and the country has always offered amazing adventure, but now it’s given exploration a modern twist, making it easier than ever for travelers to experience. The new Jordan Pass offers a free visa and access to the country’s main sites. There’s a new Bike Trail complementing the Jordan Trail – a continuous route, offering 650 km of beautiful hiking through myriad landscapes and terrains – aswell as desert safaris at Shaumari Wildlife Reserve, and off-road routes snaking across the desolate Badia. There’s never been a better time to visit.”

Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973.
Over the past four decades, Lonely Planet has printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. For further information, visit www.lonelyplanet.com or follow @lonelyplanet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and @lonely.planet on Snapchat.

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