Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Tourism stakeholders say country on speed track to fully tap potential

7 Mar 2018

Wide-ranging activities and schemes are either under implementation or in the pipeline to boost the tourism sector, which His Majesty King Abdullah has greatly paid attention to, officials and industry stakeholders said on Tuesday.

The tourism sector, which contributes 11 per cent to the country’s economy annually, has been a priority for the Monarch “who has never spared an opportunity to promote for the array of tourist attractions in Jordan and underline the sector’s significance to the Kingdom”, they said.

Authorities said they were working at full capacity to upgrade infrastructure, increase the number of hotel rooms, provide new tourism products and make available more affordable flights to Jordan to tap the great potential in the sector, which directly employs 51,000 individuals of whom 82.5 per cent are Jordanians along with tens of thousands of indirect jobs.

This year, several tourism facilities are to be inaugurated. Geocopters will start operating giving a great aerial view of the “Golden Triangle”, the triumvirate of Aqaba, Petra and Wadi Rum, budget flights to Jordan from across Europe will start in two weeks and intensive marketing campaigns will be launched. 

The interviewees made the remarks following an interview by His Majesty King Abdullah with the International tourism industry publication “Travel Weekly” in which he said: “Tourism’s role in the economy is huge, and impacts many downstream industries.”

“King Abdullah is aware to the great economic importance of the tourism sector to Jordan and has repeatedly issued directives to improve the sector and attract more tourists… Since His Majesty’s accession to the Throne, several major achievements were accomplished in the tourism sector,” Tourism Ministry Secretary General Issa Gammoh told The Jordan Times on Tuesday.

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