Issue Number 13 -January/ February  2009

 
       
 

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Members and Friends,

December 2008 saw the coincidence of four major Muslim and Christian religious occasions: the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and Eid al-Adha, Christmas, the new Islamic “Hijri” year, and the New Gregorian Year.

Early January saw the convergence of thousands of Christians and pilgrims from Jordan and around the world marked Epiphany and the annual Pilgrimage day at the Baptism Site (Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan).

The site, where Jesus Christ has been baptized by John the Baptist, is a leading attraction for thousands of tourists from around the world. Also knows as al-Maghtas in Arabic, it has drawn 280,000 visitors and pilgrims (mostly European) in 2008, which represents a rise of 86% over 2007.

Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan will host Pope Benedict XVI who is expected to visit the Kingdom next May, and who will lay the corner stone for the Latin Church there. He will be the second pope to visit the Baptism Site since it was discovered in 1996.

We are looking forward to 2009 as a year of peace and stability. We are also full of hope that we will be able to overcome the challenges posed by the global economic and financial crisis.

Jordan's uniqueness and strongest selling point is its diversity, and the combination of a strategic geographical position, mild climate, diverse landscape, rich history and culture, holy sites, historical and archaeological locations, a cosmopolitan capital, and reasonable cost.

Happy New Year, and welcome to this new edition of JTBwire.


Nayef Al-Fayez
Managing Director

 

 
JTB NEWS
 

JTB increases GCC presence by opening Dubai office

The Jordan Tourism Board has strengthened its commitment and presence in the Middle East with the appointment of a permanent GCC representation office provided by the Mohamed Al Geziry Consultancy based in Dubai. 

 

JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS

 

Still  standing  at  the  crossroads  of  ancient  lands…

SHOBAK - Perched above the plains of Wadi Araba off the King’s Highway, the hallowed halls of crusader-built Qasr Shobak offer visitors an intimate look at an age long past.  
 

Royal Jordanian becomes first Middle Eastern     
    airline to offer OnAir mobile and Internet services

RJ becomes WEF official carrier for the fifth
   time

Run To the Lowest Point on Earth
Comedy festival to become an annual event on
    Amman’s cultural agenda

Baptism Site to become global pilgrimage
   location

Read more...

 

PETRA NEWS

 

The Austrian President visits World Wonder
 
The rose-red city of Petra was on the itinerary of Austrian President Heinz Fischer during a 3-day state visit to Jordan which started November 9th.

50 Petras on once-in-a-lifetime trip to namesake
   city

 
 
 


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