Issue No. 17 - December 2009 /January 2010



Dear Members and Friends,

As we welcome a new year we look back at 2009 and tap ourselves on the shoulder for a job well done for Jordanian tourism.

2009 was a difficult time for the entire global tourism industry. The global financial crisis took a heavy toll on most countries despite a rebound in the final quarter. A bad situation was made worse by the H1N1 virus pandemic.

As for us in Jordan, we were able to maintain 2008 figures, which I can confidently describe as an achievement.

Tourism revenues remained almost unchanged and stood at JD2.064 billion compared with 2.089 in 2008, and the number of visitors dropped by 0.2% to 7,084,552 from 7,100,483 in 2008. While the number of same-day visitors dropped by 2.3% to 3,295,660, overnight visitors went up by 1.6% to 3,788,891.

This could not have been realized without the hard work and sincere efforts by all our staff, MBRs, members, and partners.

However, as things may promise to be brighter in 2010, we will need to be cautiously optimistic and keep our vigil until the crisis is really over.

The coming few weeks will witness an updated tourism strategy which will constitute an important road map for us and our members and partners. We will also be welcoming our American partners as the third Jordan Travel Mart convenes at the Dead Sea in February.

We look forward to meeting the challenges, and to more and bigger successes.

Happy 2010, and Welcome to this new edition of JTB wire.

Nayef Al-Fayez
Managing Director


JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS                                                  


Al Khader Church draws crowds of faithful

In the scenic hills of Salt lies Al Khader Church, an unexpected place for religious tourism.
The Orthodox church, which dates back to 1682, was built in  honour of St. George, and has become a pilgrimage site.

200,000 visit Baptism Site in 2009

The Baptism Site Authority said that 200 thousand visitors and pilgrims have converged to the sacred site where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.

Jordanís Hotels outperform economic crisis

4th Annual City Development to be held in

Female power takes to the skies

JTB NEWS                                                                       

FITUR reveals that some airlines are considering more flights to Jordan

Fresh back from Spainís International Tourism Trade Fair FITUR, JTB Managing Director Nayef al-Fayez said interest in and demand for Jordan was encouraging.


PETRA NEWS                                                  


New Petra entry and service tickets go into effect

A new entry and services ticket system has been introduced in Petra to enhance the visitorís experience, help develop the Petra Archaeological Park, conserve and safeguard the world heritage site, and improve the livelihood of local communities.

ĎPetra Rocksí a musical for the Rose-red city


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