Issue Number 11 - September/ October  2008



Dear Members and Friends,

The Beginning of September marked the start of Ramadan, during which more than one billion Muslims around the world observe the Holy month by fasting from dawn to dusk. Tourists and visitors during this month have enjoyed a unique and exquisite experience including special gastronomic delights topped by Katayef, a special Ramadan dessert pastry stuffed by either sweet white cheese or nuts, and dipped in sugar syrup.

This spiritual time came as "the calm after the storm". For five weeks between July and August, tens of thousands of people were taken by a "storm" of world class performances as part of the 2008 Jordan Festival.

Against the backdrop of the ancient Roman Citadel in the heart of Amman and the impressive Greco-Roman theater in Jerash, crowds at sold out concerts moved to the music and sounds of international Jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall, International opera singer Placido Domingo who performed with Julia Migenes and Monica Younes, and pop star Mika.

The unforgettable magical nights of the festival also included performances by Arab and Jordanian pop stars, including George Wassouf, Elissa, Omar Abdallat, Amr Diab, Abdullah Ruwaished, Ragheb Alameh, Fadel Shaker, Assi Al-Hillani, Yara, Mohammad Hamaki, and a special Algerian Night featuring Cheb Khaled, Faudel, and Biyouna.

The overwhelming success of the Festival came with news of a significant rise in the number of visitors to Jordan, and a 16% rise in income generated by the tourism sector during the first seven months of 2008.

In the coming few weeks Petra will host a special tribute to Pavarotti and will welcome 50 German ladies named after the ancient red-rose city, the details of which can be read in this newsletter.

Welcome to this new edition of JTBwire.
Nayef Al-Fayez

Managing Director


JTB organizes "Tourism Forums" in Chile, Brazil, and Argentina

The Jordan Tourism Board has invited its members to participate in three special business forums to be held in Chile, Brazil and Argentina on the sidelines of His Majesty King Abdullah’s official visit to the South American continent. The Forums aim at strengthening ties with the tourism industry in South America.  Read More

World Bank medical tourism experts say
    Jordan is ranked 5 in the world

Jordan and Argentina discuss agreement
   on tourism

Jordan Tourism Board is launching full fledged
   online marketing campaigns

New passenger terminal to be ready in 2011
A new face lift for




Tourism statistics and revenue up significantly

The Central Bank of Jordan said the Kingdom’s tourism sector has generated JD1.099 billion ($1.552 billion) during the first seven months of 2008. The CBJ said this represents a 16% rise compared to JD949 million in the same period of 2007. Read More

JTM to return to Dead Sea February 2009
Spaniard swims to "save" Dead Sea
Bethany Beyond the Jordan becoming
   global pilgrimage destination




A once in a lifetime opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience

The Jordan Tourism Board is inviting 50 German speaking women named Petra to visit their personal “name city” in Jordan between the 16th and the 19th of November 2008.
The 50 women will win thisonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a voting competition.
Read More

Petra visitors exceed half-million
Petra to host Pavarotti memorial and
    charity concert

New Petra plan to regulate services &
    enhance visitor experience


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