Issue Number 14 -March / April  2009



Dear Members and Friends,

The second Jordan Travel Mart was held at the Dead Sea between the 22nd and the 24th of February under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, and with the participation of buyers of tourism products and services from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Against the backdrop of the lowest spot on earth, the 100 “buyers” had 2 days of meetings, seminars and workshops, which brought them together with Jordanian “suppliers” representing 60 hotels, receptive operators, and other Travel Services in the Kingdom.

The success of last year’s event was positively reflected both in terms of increasing tourist numbers from the Americas, as well as in the interest to attend this annual event from both the American and Jordanian sides.

In light of the enormous success of this year’s event, we are glad to announce the holding of the 3rd JTM in 2010, at a time to be decided later this year. We, at JTB, are also pleased to announce that we are considering building on the Jordan Travel Mart’s success by expanding this increasingly popular tourism gathering to include European buyers.

On another note, we are looking forward to an important date on our calendar. On May 8th, Jordan will welcome Pope Benedict XVI who will spend 4 days in the Kingdom as part of a tour of the Holy Land. During this landmark visit, the pope is expected to visit the Baptism site, where Jesus Christ has been baptized by John the Baptist, and to lay the corner stone for the Latin Church at the Site, in addition to other Holy sites in Jordan.

We hope the success of this visit will firmly place Jordan on the Christian pilgrimage itinerary, especially with being home to 5 holy sites that were designated by the Vatican as Millennium 2000 pilgrimage sites.

Welcome to this new edition of JTBwire.

Mr. Nayef Al-Fayez
Managing Director.


JTB NEWS                                                                       

North & South American tourism buyers wrap 2 days of meetings with Jordanian suppliers at JTM

More than 100 North and South American buyers of tourism products ended 2 days of meetings, seminars and workshops which brought them together with Jordanian suppliers representing 60 hotels, receptive operators, and other suppliers of Travel Services in the Kingdom. Also attending the event was Robert Whitley, the President of US Tour Operator Association, who was a key note speaker and a panel moderator on “Industry Trends and Opportunities”.

JTB increases GCC presence and opens Dubai

Germans and French visitors react differently to
   JTB website elements


JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS                                                  


Pope to visit Baptism Site and Amman mosque during Jordan trip

Pope Benedict XVI will visit holy Christian biblical sites and a Muslim mosque during a 4-day trip to Jordan on May 8th.

Um Al Rassas to have new look in 2009

Um Al Rassas, a UNESCO herit
age site and one of the lesser-known gems of the Kingdom’s diverse archaeological riches, will have a new look in 2009.

Entries flood in for Amman 2009 IAAF World
   Cross Country Championship

Dana gets ready to be on UNESCO World
    Heritage List

The Oryx is back home  
RJ joins oneworld® 10th anniversary

‘The Mole’ filmed in Jordan
Jordan holds first International Medical Tourism

Lot Museum set to open this summer
JITOA organizes FAM trip to Salt

Six Senses opens Spa in Jordan


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