News from Jordan. March 2010 issue

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Jordanians Thanked by Hurt Locker Director for Hospitality

 

As Jordan becomes a premier destination for Hollywood film makers with movies such as Transformers 2 and Hurt Locker, more and more directors are taking notice of this unique destination. And while Jordan asserts itself as the ideal backdrop for blockbuster movies, film crews are subjected to another one of Jordan’s many appealing aspects: the hospitality of its people. 

Below is a testimony to Jordanian hospitality as mentioned by Hurt Locker’s director, Kathryn Bigelow during her Oscar-winning speech.   

Kathryn Bigelow Speech

Jordan Travel Mart 2010 a Success

On February 21-23, 2010, over 100 Travel professionals from North and South America met with their Jordanian counterpart at the Third Annual Jordan Travel Mart in the Dead Sea. Media personnel from the US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Jordan were also in attendance covering this three day event with Albert Herrera, Vice President of Hotels, Destinations, and Tours at Virtuoso, as well as Phil Otterson, President of the American Tourism Society as keynote speakers.

Pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments between travel specialists along with workshops and presentations from the Airport International Group, led by CEO Curtis Grad, as well as Performance Media Group and Baxter Travel Media, were some of the highlights of the event.

The Marriot Jordan Valley Dead Sea and Spa hosted the opening dinner with a Bedouin-style reception. The subsequent dinners took place at the Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea and Movenpick Dead Sea, each boasting their own unique themes.  
During the event itself, Jordanian officials were on hand to meet with the delegates. Among them were Senator Akel Biltaji, Mr. Nayef al-Fayez, Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, and HE Mrs. Maha al-Khatib, Minister of Tourism, who spoke at the opening breakfast, highlighting the different niche markets of the country while mentioning its diversity and uniqueness.

The Jordan Tourism Board, North America would like to thank all the trade organizations as well as media personnel who made this event a great success.Jordan is a land of diversity that is inviting to every type of traveler, and because of the efforts of such people, more and more travelers are becoming aware of this unique destination

VP Biden Visits Petra  (Jordan Times)

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife Jill visited the Nabataean city of Petra on March 12, 2010. Earlier in the day, he met with civil society representatives to discuss preparations for the upcoming elections and ongoing domestic reforms, according to a US embassy statement. Biden, who met with His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday, concluded his two-day visit to Jordan by stopping at Petra before departing to Washington, the statement said.

Marriot International to Add Fourth Hotel in Jordan in Aqaba
264-room JW Marriott Hotel Aqaba to open in 2013;
Will be first luxury JW Marriott-branded property in Jordan 

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) will open its first luxury JW Marriott hotel and fourth branded hotel in Jordan in 2013 in Aqaba under a recently-concluded agreement with Beaches for Hotels & Spas P.S.C., an affiliate of long-time Jordanian partner, Arab International Hotels Co.,  led by Chairman of the Board Nadim Muasher. 

The 264-room JW Marriott Hotel Aqaba will be ideally situated on the northern beach of the Gulf of Aqaba immediately adjacent to the Aqaba Marina, creating a unique destination that connects the city and the sea. The site is located in the center of Aqaba and fronts onto a public beach on the Gulf and provides easy access to prized tourism destinations like Petra and Wadi Rum and all offshore reefs and water sports for which the Red Sea is famous. Aqaba International Airport is 10 minutes away. 

The stylish, contemporary JW Marriott Hotel Aqaba will complement its exterior environs with public areas that offer space, light and excitement. It will feature a wide range of food & beverage offerings, including an informal, vibrant lobby lounge; a pool bar with a covered terrace; an all-day casual restaurant; a specialty steak outlet; a restaurant connected to the marina and a Champions sports bar. 

Accommodations will be spacious and will offer the latest in modern guest services and amenities including wi-fi, flat screen television, internet access and other electronic capabilities. 

For recreation, the hotel will have an exceptional state-of-the-art health and leisure club that will incorporate a spa and a gymnasium featuring a yoga room, Turkish bath, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a children’s play center. 

Guests will appreciate its executive lounge, book shop and business center. Other amenities include a spa shop, a gift shop and 12 additional retail outlets. 

Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis to Hit the Streets Soon  (zawya.com)

AMMAN — Persons with disabilities across the country will be able to get around in wheelchair-friendly taxis under a project being implemented by the Public Transport Regulatory Commission (PTRC). “The commission carried out a study last year on the taxi needs of six governorates,” PTRC Director General Jamil Mjahed told The Jordan Times yesterday, adding that the findings revealed an insufficient number of cabs in the Irbid, Zarqa, Jerash, Karak, Maan and Ajloun governorates.

He indicated that last week the PTRC called on investors to operate 50 additional taxis in each taxi office in the concerned governorates and allocate “some” cabs to serve the needs of wheelchair-bound customers.

“People with movement impairments in Jordan have difficulties in taking taxis… the commission is looking to make taxis wheelchair accessible to serve this segment of society,” Mjahed said, indicating that the move, if implemented, will be the first in the region.

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