TOURISM

7,554 tourists visit Southern Mazar shrines in AprilMay 4, 2016

The number of visitors to the shrines and tombs of Prophet Mohammad’s companions in the Southern Mazar District,140 kilometers south of Amman, reached 7,554 in April.

The Supervisor of the Shrines, Osama Al Tarawneh, Tuesday told Petra that a total of 2,023 visitors were from Islamic countries, 487 from Arab states and 5,044 were from Jordan, he added.

The religious significance of the Southern Mazar sites dates back to 629"...

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Jordan airport welcomes over 1.6m passengers in Q1May 3, 2016

Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) received a total of 1,639,519 passengers in the first three months of 2016, registering an increase of 8.5 per cent in year-to-date passenger traffic in comparison to Q1 2015.

According to statistics released by Airport International Group (AIG) - the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA - during Q1 2016, year-to-date aircraft movement (ACM) figures have climbed by 9.3 per cent, while cargo handled also rose by 10.2 per cent in comparison to the first quarter of last year.

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Hilton HHonors Introduces Unlimited Bonus Promotion, a Points-Rich and Asterisk-Free Global OfferMay 1, 2016

Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 13 distinct hotel brands, is making it simpler to max out on Points with a brand new, rich and limitless promotion.Members who book direct and stay at any hotel across Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio will earn Double Points for all stays from May 1 – August 31, 2016, no strings attached. Taking the complexity out of earning Points and enabling members to get to their dream destination faster, the Unlimited Bonus Promotion"......

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'Yes, it's Jordan' tourism campaign to attract Gulf countries tourists April 30, 2016

On the sideline of his participation in the "Arabian Travel Market 2016" taking place in Dubai, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Nayef Al Fayez, Wednesday launched a new summer campaign targeting citizens from Arab Gulf countries.

The minister said that the "Yes, it's Jordan" campaign aims to promote the Kingdom as home of a wide range of tourism sectors including archaeological, medical, historical, and adventure.

It also seeks to encourage nationals of the Gulf region to spend their summer vacation in the Kingdom and enjoy its historical, archeological and adventurer sites.

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Why is Jordan restricting Palestinians' travel? April 30, 2016

Like so many accomplished students, Benaz Someir, a Palestinian from Gaza, chose to attend Birzeit University.

While pursuing her degree in journalism, Benaz met and later married Walid Batrawi, a fellow BA journalism student from Ramallah. For family and professional reasons, Benaz, a resident of Khan Yunis in Gaza, requested and was given permission to change her residency to the West Bank.

Having successfully convinced"......

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'Yes, it's Jordan' tourism campaign to attract Gulf countries touristsApril 27, 2016

On the sideline of his participation in the "Arabian Travel Market 2016" taking place in Dubai, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Nayef Al Fayez, Wednesday launched a new summer campaign targeting citizens from Arab Gulf countries.

The minister said that the "Yes, it's Jordan" campaign aims to promote the Kingdom as home of a wide range of tourism sectors including archaeological, medical, historical, and adventure.

It also"...

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Ship carrying 2,000 tourists denied entry over ‘norovirus infections’April 27, 2016

AMMAN — Aqaba authorities have prevented a cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 British tourists from entering the southern port city, as some passengers are infected with the norovirus, an official said Tuesday. Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority Commissioner for Economic Development and Investment Affairs Sharhabeel Madi told The Jordan Times that authorities had been aware that the virus was detected among the tourists since Sunday, when the ship was on its way to the Kingdom, noting that the cruiser was not allowed to enter Jordan’s territorial waters. “After receiving information...

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Jordan to host int’l healthcare travel conferenceApril 24, 2016

Jordan will host the international conference of the Global Healthcare Travel Council this November. The three-day event is scheduled to feature some 500 worldwide participations, said Fawzi Hammouri, president of the council. He highlighted the conference as an opportunity to promote Jordan as a destination for medical treatment, tourism and natural therapy. Hammouri, who is also president of the Private Hospitals Association (PHA), said the conference will be held in collaboration with all concerned stakeholders, including representatives of natural therapy facilities. Jordan is still the top...

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Number of medical tourists drops 30% in Q1 of 2016April 24, 2016

AMMAN — The number of Libyan and Yemeni visitors to the Kingdom for medical tourism has dropped by almost 80 per cent over the first quarter of this year, a sector leader said on Saturday. Despite a “slight” increase in the number of visitors from Saudi Arabia, the overall number of visitors from all over the world witnessed a 30 per cent drop over the same period, said Private Hospitals Association (PHA) President Fawzi Hammouri. He attributed the “large” drop to the government’s decision to regulate the entry of Libyan, Yemeni and Sudanese nationals into Jordan...

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Tourism board promoting Kingdom’s attractions in South KoreaApril 23, 2016

Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) is currently holding a mobile tourist exhibition in the South Korean capital Seoul, a JTB statement said Thursday. JTB Director General Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat said the exhibition comes as part of the board’s promotional plan for this year, which aims at introducing Korean travel agencies to Jordan’s tourist products and their unique and diverse features. The South Korean market is one of the most important and promising markets especially in the field of Christian tourism, the statement said. “We seek to expand marketing channels in the South Korean...

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