TOURISM

Jordan struggles to draw new tourists January 22, 2017

For weeks after last month's deadly castle siege in the Jordanian city of Karak, police maintained a daily presence in an armoured Jeep in the heart of the capital Amman.

A helmeted police officer constantly manned the heavy machinegun affixed to the Jeep's roof, scanning cars and pedestrians as they navigated through the central"...

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KSA Ups Drivers' Entry Tariffs 500% for JordaniansJanuary 21, 2017

AlGhad— Saudi Arabian authorities just upped the Drivers’ Entry Tariff for Jordanians 5 folds to JOD768, from JOD128, effective today, Thursday, including private and public transportation drivers, according to JET management, the tourism transportation company.

The Jordanian truckers association also stated that they were informed of the increase 4 months ago, and were told that tariffs for Jordanian Truck drivers will be increased to JOD680.

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Jordan participates in Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitour 2017)January 18, 2017

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Lena Enab heads Jordan's delegation to the International Tourism Fair "Fitour 2017" started Wednesday in Spain's capital, Madrid.

A statement by Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), said that representatives of Jordan's private and public are taking part in this global meeting, which represents a hub for all people, leaders and agencies interested in boosting tourism industry.

The five-day meeting brings"...

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Ayla gives title deeds to Jordan marina project owners January 16, 2017

Ayla Oasis Development Company (Ayla), one of Jordan's largest tourism and real estate development companies, said 50 per cent of Island Apartments’ home owners within Marina District project in Aqaba, have received the title deeds of their units, following the registration of their properties with the Lands and Survey Department.

Ayla started the issuance of title deeds in October last year, articulating its commitment to ensure full protection of investors and to make Aqaba one of the top investment destinations in the region, said a company statement.

Sahl Dudin,...

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Jordan tourism revenues stable at $4 bln last year despite militant attacksJanuary 16, 2017

Jan 16 Jordan's tourism sector has proved resilient with revenues stable at $4 billion in 2016 year against the previous year despite several militant attacks, the tourism minister said on Monday.

Jordan hosted last year 3.8 million foreign visitors who spent in the country at least one night, a rise of 2.6 percent from the previous year, Lina Annab told reporters.

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Ministry says several projects planned to boost tourism, security in Karak January 15, 2017

With Karak residents calling for better services to revive the tourism sector in the southern governorate, Tourism Ministry officials said work is under way on several projects to develop the sector.

Karak resident Khalil Shurafa said on Thursday that members of the local community in the governorate, over 140km south of Amman, have been demanding services that ensure the safety of tourists, visitors, and residents, including installing"...

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Jordan’s cabinet ministers resign ahead of reshuffle January 15, 2017

An official says Jordan’s cabinet ministers have resigned ahead of a planned government reshuffle.

The official said the ministers submitted their resignations on Saturday to the prime minister, ahead of a reshuffle to be announced on Sunday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief reporters on the issue.

Jordanian media said Interior Minister Salameh Hamad is expected to be among the ministers losing their jobs. Hamad has been criticised for his handling of December shooting attacks by Daesh militants that killed 11 members of the security...

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The First Group’s the One at Jumeirah Village Circle Wins Prestigious Architectural AwardJanuary 15, 2017

The One at Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), one of the latest hotel developments from leading Dubai-based property firm The First Group, has been named Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year at the prestigious Middle East Architect Awards. The 40-storey tower in Dubai’s JVC precinct is one of four hotel projects under development in Dubai by the British-owned international hotel and property firm, which is best known for its collection of highly popular aparthotels in the"...

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Tourism committee meets at investment commission January 9, 2017

Tourism Minister Lina Annab on Monday attended a meeting held by the ministry’s tourism committee at the Jordan Investment Commission to discuss measures to streamline the procedures of granting licences and permissions to investors, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The tourism committee was formed under Article 7 of the Tourism Law and comprises representatives of public and private sectors. It is tasked with looking into the licences"...

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Spread peace and love on social media, Princess Basma urges youthsJanuary 9, 2017

HRH Princess Basma attended the launch of the “Johud Al Mahabah” initiative on Sunday, as part of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD).

The initiative, launched by members of youth committees at Princess Basma Development Centres across Jordan, aims to use social media outlets to spread messages of tolerance, love, respect and acceptance"...

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