Issue Number 15 -May / June  2009



Dear Members and Friends,

May was quite an eventful month for all of us here in Jordan.

On the 8th, the Kingdom was visited by a very special guest. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI started his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Jordan, where he visited the Baptism Site in Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan (where Jesus was baptized) and held a special mass in Amman attended by almost 35,000 people. The 4-day visit and pilgrimage put Jordan and its Christian religious sites and pilgrimage trails under the spotlight for many believers around the world.

Thousands of pilgrims who came to Jordan for the occasion and many of the 1500 journalists who covered the Papal visit ventured to see other biblical landmarks such as Mount Nebo (where Moses first laid eyes on the Holy Land), Mukawir (where John the Baptist was beheaded) and other sites.

By the time the Pope was in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea the lowest point on earth was hosting 1300 government, business, and civil society leaders from around the world for the World Economic Forum meetings on the Middle East.

Held at the Dead Sea for the 5th time, the WEF meetings have strengthened Jordan’s position as the ideal location for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE).

It may be a coincidence that these 2 major events took place back-to-back. However, it is no surprise that religious tourism and MICE are among the most important components of the unique Jordanian tourism product.

Jordan is the cradle of civilizations and the ancient crossroads of the three great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Rich in historic antiquity and up-to-date with modern executive needs, Jordan combines the perfect central location, the mild weather, and the perfect backdrop for events, meetings and conferences.

Soon, summer will be here and hundreds of thousands of visitors will get the chance to enjoy that and other components that make Jordan the wonderful and magnificent place it is.

Welcome to this new edition of JTBwire.

Mr. Nayef Al-Fayez
Managing Director.



JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS                                                  


Papal visit to put Kingdom’s Biblical sites under the spotlight

As Pope Benedict XVI tours the Kingdom over the next few days, the country’s rich sites of Christian tradition will be placed under the spotlight, underscoring Jordan’s role as the crossroads of civilizations, religions and cultures. One of the highlights of Pope Benedict’s visit is Mount Nebo, where the Bible says Moses first saw the Holy Land, and where some believe he died and was buried.

Pope Benedict concludes historic visit to Jordan

Pope Benedict XVI left Amman on May 11th at the end of a 4-day visit to the Kingdom which started his pilgrimage to the Holy Lands.

Royal Jordanian inaugurates flights to Brussels

Dr Taleb Rifai elected UNWTO Secretary-General
Pope Benedict leaves Amman on an RJ flight
Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association
   (JITOA) Offering English for Tourism Classes

RJ moves alongside most other oneworld
    carriers at Frankfurt
RJ flies to Benghazi after 30-year break
RJ and MK Airlines sign MoU to develop air freight
    services in the region

IHG renovates 5 hotels in Jordan
InterContinental Jordan reveals JD 3 million
    renovation of its conference & banqueting venues

Making the most of business travel - on a screen
    near you now

JTB NEWS                                                                       

In cooperation with the Jordan Tourism Board
DHL promotes Jordan as a global tourist destination

The Jordan Tourism Board has signed an agreement DHL Express under which the international courier company will help promote Jordan as a tourism destination.

Our new representative office opens in New Delhi
Launched the new website marking Pope’s visit


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