Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Tour operators hike the Jordan Trail

31 Jul 2016

Jordanian inbound tour operators took part in a FAM trip along the Jordan Trail at the end of July, to experience part of what this wonderful trail has to offer in both stunning natural landscapes and hiking paths, as well as local hospitality and culture. The trip was organized by the Jordan Trail Association, with USAID BEST support, in collaboration with the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association. The group hiked part of the section between Beit Idis and Rasoun, passing through the beautiful Zubia Forest. Local community members hosted the group at their homes, where they enjoyed traditional home-cooked meals, which is a key part of the Jordan Trail as visitors are encouraged to interact with and learn about the communities who can in turn benefit directly from tourism.

The trail spans 600 kilometers of beautiful hiking through Jordan's diverse terrains and landscapes. Starting from the forests of the north and continuing to the mountains, deserts and canyons of the south, the trail passes through 52 villages where hikers can enjoy local food, explore historical sites, and have an authentic Jordanian adventure. USAID BEST is supporting the Jordan Trail Association to develop and promote the national Jordan Trail over the next 12 months. This includes creating investment opportunities for local communities along the trail, focusing on two of its sections: Um Qais to Ajloun and Dana to Petra. In addition, USAID will support marketing and promotional activities, build the capacity of JTA staff and train 20 guides.