Issue No. 20 - August /September 2010



Dear Members and Friends,

The month of July witnessed a tangible increase in Arab tourism, which was clearly evident in the Kingdom’s streets, cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, recreational centers, and touristic sites.

This increase is a continuation of the remarkable numbers we have seen in the first half of the year. Total visitor numbers were up 24% to more than 3.6 million compared with the same period in 2009, while overnight visitors were up 31% to just over 2 million.

Tourism receipts were also up. The first half of the year saw total receipts reach JD1.089 billion, which represents a 28% increase over the same period in 2009.

The interesting part of the receipts analysis is that JD171 million of those came from visitors from the Arabian Gulf countries, which have risen by 18%.

We are confident that our attention to Arab tourism, particularly in the Gulf, which has started in 2008 is paying off.

We believe that this will further manifest itself during the fasting month of Ramadan, which offers Arab visitors the chance to enjoy the spirituality of the holy month and the excitement of a unique family vacation.

On another note, we at JTB are happy to welcome Jordan’s new Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Mrs. Suzanne Afanah, and thank her predecessor Mrs. Maha al-Khateeb for all her efforts and hard work. We wish both of them the best of luck.

Welcome to this new edition of JTBwire.

Nayef Al-Fayez
Managing Director


JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS                                                 


Ajloun projects offer 'a taste of rural Jordan'

A new project in the heart of the Ajloun Forest Reserve is producing Jordanian delights made from local ingredients with an aim to promote the Kingdom’s unique flavours abroad.
Nestled in the bottom of a valley in the village of Orjan, and surrounded by fig, pomegranate and olive trees, stands the Biscuit House, a new socio-economic initiative to generate income in northern Jordan and develop a new line of local products.

June witnesses 13% increase in RJ passengers
Baptism Site water safe - officials
RJ flight frequency rises to 110 a day

Jordan Tourism Board announces on-line e-learning academy for travel agents

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  JTB promotes Jordan on MBC

The Jordan Tourism Board has launched a summer advertizing campaign on MBC Group channels to target GCC citizens during the summer period.

Jordan Tourism Board announces on-line e-learning academy for travel agents

JITOA rewards volunteering team leaders of “Don’t mess with Nature”



Petra visitors up 40% in 7 months

FIn what could be the end of the World Wonder’s seasonality, the number of visitors to Petra shot up by 40% in the first 7 months of the year totaling 515,000.


For information on planned marketing activities for each of our source markets, please select a country from the list below.





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