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    Petra visitors drop by 32% in JanuaryFebruary 28, 2015

    The number of visitors to Petra dropped by 32 per cent in January compared with the same month last year, according to the Petra Archaeological Park.


    A total of 18,785 tourists of different nationalities visited the ancient Nabataean city last month, compared with 29,247 visitors in January 2014.


    Statistics also showed a 36 per cent drop in the number of foreign visitors and 16 per cent in Jordanian and Arab tourists.


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    Jordan ecolodge among finalists for key tourism awardFebruary 25, 2015

    Fenyan Ecolodge, a leading ecolodging company in Jordan, has been listed among the finalists for the 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.


    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), a forum for the travel and tourism industry, has revealed 15 finalists who were shortlisted from applications that arrived from 57 countries.


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    Jordan tourism says: Let it snow!February 21, 2015

    It’s not common in Jordan to have snowstorms, but a second heavy snowstorm for this year is happening right now. The first was last month and they called it “Huda.” The year before, the storm was named “Alisa.” It is believed that the Middle East has copied the idea from the west to give names to storms, and mostly ladies’ names, hoping the storm will be soft, fine, and smooth, like a lady.


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    ‘Around 30,000 tourists visited Southern Mazar shrines in 2014’February 18, 2015

    The religious appeal of the Southern Mazar tombs and shrines continues to attract thousands of people from around the world each year despite the regional unrest, an official said Tuesday.


    Some 30,000 people of different nationalities visited the shrines and tombs of Prophet Mohammad’s companions in the Southern Mazar District, some 13km south of"...

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    Jordan, Palestinian discuss tourism cooperationFebruary 17, 2015

    Minister of Labour and Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nidal Qatamin and Palestinian Minister of Tourism Rola Ma'ayah, on Monday discussed tourism cooperation between Jordan and Palestine, especially in Islamic and Christian religious tourism.

    The meeting tackled ways to boost the relationship with Palestine in the field of tourism in general with a focus on religious, environmental and medical tourism, and that Jordan could become"...

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    Four Seasons Hotel Amman features region’s largest and most exclusive whiskey selectionFebruary 12, 2015

    The Square Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Amman now features the largest and most exclusive whiskey selection available in the region. Whether one is a brown spirit newbie or a bonafide aficionado, The Square Bar is indisputably the city’s coziest venue to enjoy a favorite whiskey along with a light snack.


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    Sector insiders discuss means to attract more touristsFebruary 10, 2015

    Participants in a brain-storming session on Monday discussed the possibility of attracting low-cost airlines and reducing taxes as incentives to draw more tourists to the country.


    At the session, Tourism Minister Nidal Katamine noted that 90 per cent of tourists worldwide use low-cost airlines, which generally"...

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    Fox Animation Acquires Film Rights to Sanrio’s Mr. Men Little Miss PropertiesJanuary 27, 2015

    Shawn Levy to Produce

    Fox Animation has secured the motion pictures rights to the iconic Mr. Men Little Miss characters. The deal was announced today by Fox Animation President Vanessa Morrison and Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio, Inc. Fox Animation is the studio behind the ICE AGE and RIO movie franchises. Sanrio Entertainment Division, based in North America, develops brand extensions and experiential initiatives for U.S. and global distribution.

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