Letter from the Managing Director
Dear Members and Friends,
The past few weeks have witnessed the unravelling of a number of regional developments, particularly in Tunisia and Egypt: two “Middle-Eastern” countries with high touristic visibility.
The events took place under a very high media attention which, in many instances, went beyond “reporting a revolution” to begin speculating who will be next. Some went as far as linking any demonstration in Jordan to the “turmoil” in the region, while others said Jordan was a “victim of political unrest”.
As I have said to members of the media: To compare Jordan with the “political unrest” in Egypt and Tunisia is incorrect, unobjective, and is certainly unfair.
Jordan is blessed for being strategically located in the heart of the Middle East and at the crossroads of civilizations. However, we have always recognized that with such blessing comes the danger of being stereotyped as part of a “turbulent region”.
Jordan is also blessed with a stable political system under the leadership of His majesty King Abdullah II, and has a long and credible history of being “an oasis of stability” despite a “turbulent” region.
We are very proud of our democratic institutions and of our ability to exercise our rights to protest, while police distribute water and refreshments to demonstrators. This lies in absolute contradiction to what has been and is being seen in many other parts of the region and the world.
Having said that, I would like to reiterate that Jordan remains to be a safe, secure and hospitable destination and that tourists from all over the world continue to enjoy its countless and priceless treasures.
International confidence in the Kingdom’s touristic diversity as well as its unique hospitality has been clearly reflected in the unprecedented growth in tourist arrivals at a time when the rest of the world was reeling under the effects of the Global financial crisis.
Welcome to Jordan … and welcome to this new edition of JTBwire.