Jordan Tourism

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A concerted drive is under way in Jordan to reinvigorate the important tourism sector that has been curtailed by regional instability. 

Whilst not endowed with the energy riches of its neighbours, Jordan can count among its blessing several natural advantages in its burgeoning tourism industry. The kingdom offers sweeping desert landscapes, natural hot springs, the rejuvenating shores of the Dead Sea and beaches along the Gulf of Aqaba. This natural landscape is further dotted with numerous religious and...

While the Jordanian tourism industry is expanding into new areas like adventure and ecotourism, one of the kingdom's more robust tourism niches is medical tourism. Over the past several years, Jordan has emerged as a premier destination in the Middle East for medical needs, given the high quality of health care and relatively low costs for patients.

When Pope Francis arrived in Jordan as part of a Holy Land visit in May 2014, he was bringing with him more than a message of peace. For Jordan’s tourism sector, the Pope’s visit can be seen as a cornerstone in a new push to attract a wide variety of religious tourists to the country. Every year roughly 90,000 tourists visit the baptism site of Jesus Christ, a 6-km strip...

Tourism is a major contributor to GDP in Jordan. What plans are there to further develop and expand tourist activities in the Dead Sea?

Contributing some 14% to GDP, Jordan’s tourism sector is a powerhouse of the national economy, and employs roughly 6% of the country’s total workforce. In order to boost the industry, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), along with several private organisations, such as the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), are seeking to attract investment, both local and foreign,...

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