Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Eco View Resort, First of its Kind in Jerash

16 Jun 2018

USAID BEST is supporting the establishment of Eco View Resort, a one-of-a-kind retreat nestled in the forests of Jerash. The property is owned by Tha’er Ayash, a certified teambuilding and outdoor activities trainer with decades of experience. He owns and operates the nearby Rangers Adventure Camp, which offers teambuilding, training and camping. All activities are currently outdoors, and visitors who wish to stay overnight camp in tents.

Tha’er felt that there was a lack of eco-tourism and recreational destinations in Jerash. He wanted to expand his own camp to attract and accommodate a larger number of Jordanian and international tourists for longer visits. The new resort will be an extension to his camp, serving as a tourist retreat as well as a space for corporate training programs and conferences.

“USAID BEST support will help me develop my project and host bigger numbers of visitors and institutions, especially as we currently receive bookings daily,” he said.

The resort will comprise four concrete chalets and six tree house chalets that accommodate up to 30 people.

Additionally, it will have two fully-equipped meeting rooms and a new restaurant that can cater for 130 people with high-quality service. The kitchen will offer unique Jerashi products as well as popular national dishes. BEST will help furnish and equip the new spaces and boost marketing for the resort.

The expansion of Eco View Resort will create 10 full-time and 30 part-time jobs, the majority of which are expected to be filled by the local community. It will also encourage more groups to visit due to new reservation packages to be offered, which will include accommodation, activities, and food and beverage.