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Global virus outbreak takes toll on tourism sector — stakeholders-March 12, 2020

AMMAN — While the government is implementing preventive measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Kingdom, the global outbreak has taken its toll on the tourism sector, stakeholders said on Wednesday.

“The situation is very difficult. We lost 50 per cent of tourists from the earlier closures, but with new restrictions, it has reached 90 per cent,” Jordan Society of Tourism and Travel Agents (JSTA) President"...

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ACI Reveals World’s Best Airports for Customer ExperienceMarch 9, 2020

Airports Council International (ACI) World has today revealed the winners of its world-renowned Airport Service Quality Awards.

The awards recognize those airports around the world that deliver the best customer experience in the opinion of their own passengers.

This year, 140 awards have been won by 84 individual airports. The full list of winners can be found here.


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Museum of Jordanian Heritage preserves ancient cultural gemsMarch 8, 2020

AMMAN — The Museum of Jordanian Heritage (MJH), initiated by Yarmouk University in Irbid in 1988, aims to present the social history of not only Jordan, but also the region since the dawn of civilisation, said a Jordanian scholar.

Professor Emeritus Muawiyah Ibrahim told The Jordan Times in a recent e-mail interview that former ambassador of Germany Herwig Bartels played a “significant role” in the founding of the museum, providing"...

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Shweikeh, Djibouti trade minister discuss cooperation on tourism March 3, 2020

Amman, March 2 (Petra) -- Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Majd Shweikeh, and Djibouti Minister of Trade, Hassan Ibrahim, Monday, discussed cooperation on tourism.

Shweikeh stressed that Jordan is fully willing to increase cooperation with all Arab countries, expressing readiness to exchange experiences in the scope of marketing and on infrastructure, through a joint agreement between the two countries.

She pointed out that Jordan focuses its effort in 2020 on religious, medical, recreational"...

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Petra witnessed rise in tourist numbers in February — PDTRA March 2, 2020

AMMAN — The number of foreign visitors to Petra in February increased by some 10 per cent to reach 81,406, compared with the same period of 2019, when the rose-red city welcomed 74,413 visitors, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) announced on Sunday.

Chief Commissioner of PDTRA Suleiman Farajat said that, while the coronavirus outbreak has affected global tourism, Petra has witnessed a “remarkable increase”"...

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Gov't, European development bank join hands to boost sustainability, cultural heritage in tourism sectorFebruary 27, 2020

AMMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is joining forces with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) to promote sustainable tourism and boost the country’s cultural heritage, according to an EBRD statement.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in Amman on Wednesday by EBRD Managing Director for the southern and eastern Mediterranean"...

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Kerten Hospitality to debut Cloud7 Residence in Jordan-February 27, 2020

Specialist mixed-use operator Kerten Hospitality has signed a management agreement with Ayla Oasis Development Company to open the Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba in Egypt this June.

Part of an inspiring collection of brands from specialist mixed-use operator Kerten Hospitality, Cloud7 Residence is a contemporary mid-market aparthotel concept and a unique destination for the next generation of traveller, with iconic buildings and boutique surroundings coupled with social spaces and state-of-the-art technology providing"...

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Tourism revenue grew 11.4% in January 2020 — CBJ figuresFebruary 20, 2020

AMMAN — The Kingdom's tourism revenue increased during January 2020 to reach JD361.8 million, or 11.4 per cent of national revenues, compared with 9.1 per cent during the same month of 2019, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Preliminary data issued by the Central Bank of Jordan on Wednesday indicated that the increase came as a result of the rise in the total number of tourists by 12.1 per cent to reach 478,900 tourists, compared"...

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Tourism minister, Chechen counterpart discuss cooperationFebruary 20, 2020

Amman, Feb. 19 (Petra) -- Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Majd Shweikeh, and her Chechen counterpart, Muslim Baytazev,and an accompanying delegation, Wednesday, held a meeting in Amman for a discussion on tourism cooperation.

Shweikeh told Petra's reporter that she looks forward for joint cooperation that will be implemented on the ground soon, stressing the importance of the visit and ways to activate direct flights between Jordan and the Chechen Republic to increase the Kingdom's religious tourism"...

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59,000 British tourists visited Jordan in 2019: JITOAFebruary 19, 2020

Amman, Feb. 18 (Petra) -- Chairman of the Jordan Inboard Tour Operators Associations (JITOA), Awni Kawar, Tuesday, said that Jordan received some 59,000 British tourists in 2019, an 18 percent increase as opposed to 2018.

British tourists have mostly visited coastal areas and explored natural and archaeological sites.

Kawar added, in an event held by the JITOA today on 'studying the Characteristics of the British Traveler' in the presence of Edward Oakden, Britain's Ambassador to Jordan,"...

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