Issue No. 22- December / January 2011



Dear Members and Friends,

As we were preparing this issue of JTBwire, a new set of statistics were released by the Ministry of Tourism indicating an 18% increase in the number of visitors during the first 10 months of the year compared with 2009. They also revealed a 19% increase in tourism revenues in the same period.

Such figures represent a continuity of a growth trend that has become a main characteristic of Jordanian tourism. They also represent an indication of the increasing interest in the Kingdom as an international destination.

Such interest was very evident to me during my recent travels and participation in trade fairs in Europe and Asia.  While Petra remains as the gateway to Jordan’s priceless treasures, we believe there is increasing awareness about other attractions in the Kingdom and interest in many places like Jerash, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.

We are very proud of the successes we have achieved so far, and particularly during the past two years which were characterized by a global economic crisis and an unavoidable cut in our budget. I would like to thank everyone at the Jordan Tourism Board for their hard work which was the main driver behind such achievements and which kept Jordan high up on the global tourism map.

As we look forward to more and bigger successes in 2011, I must recognize the role, efforts, and solid support of the entire Jordanian tourism sector with all its components and players. Thank you all.

On a another note, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Minister of Tourism & Antiquities H.E. Mr. Zaid Qussous, who is not a stranger to Jordan’s tourism sector, and particularly known for his active and influential role as the president of the Jordan Restaurant Association. I also would like to wish H.E. Suzanne Afaneh the best of luck.

Finally, please accept my warmest wishes for a happy holiday season, and a very happy new year.

Welcome to this new edition of JTBwire.

Nayef Al-Fayez
Managing Director



JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS                                                 


Tourism project to introduce Shobak to the world
HShubak.jpgEuropean experts & local officials are looking to develop the southern city of Shobak into an emerging tourism destination.
The project aims to take advantage of the historical value and natural beauty of the southern town in order to bolster local development, according to organizers.
Royal Jordanian wins the Arabian Business “Airline of the Year 2010 Award”
RJ completes cabin modernization for first Airbus A340
RJ puts Berlin back on its route network in June 2011
Wild Jordan director Chris Johnson in the Dana Nature Reserve
RSCN celebrates Guardian award
Feynan Ecolodge wins Travel + Leisure ’s 2010 Global Vision Awards
Russian team to search for lost Dead Sea cities

JTB NEWS                                                                       
  Jordan’s Tourism on the rise with more record numbers

Jordanian Tourism has continued its impressive performance with yet another rise. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the total number of visitors between January and October has increased from 5.9 million in the first 10 months of 2009 to 7 million in the same period of 2010, representing a rise of 18%.
JTB’s General Assembly approved 2011 marketing plans
JTB is TOP 10 Tourism Board in Germany



Participants in Jordan Harley - Davidson Rally visit Petra

Participants in the Jordan Harley - Davidson Rally visited Petra city and toured its historical and archeological sites.


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