News from Jordan Tourist Board. February 2011

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Thanks to you we are happy to report that Jordan has experienced record numbers from the North American market in 2010 and we are excited about various marketing activities we are taking on in 2011 in the hopes of increasing travel to Jordan.

However, in light of the recent protests in Egypt let me reassure you that the tourism situation in Jordan is “business as usual”. Unfortunately because many North American tour operators combine our destinations together, Jordan’s tourism industry is naturally being affected by the combined itineraries. On a positive note, we are noticing that in many cases tour operators are switching their tours to Jordan from Egypt and holding stand-alone trips to Jordan. Jordanian tour operators have been working closely with many tour operators and helping them with evacuations from Egypt.

As His Majesty King Abdullah once said, “If there are riots in Cincinnati or Chicago, should that stop us from visiting to New York or Boston?” When planning your trips I strongly recommend talking to the tourism boards, talking to your ground operators and people in country if there are concerns from your passengers. Your Jordan Tourism Board North America (JTBNA) team would be happy to work directly with you and your clients if anyone needs additional reassurance regarding travel to Jordan. We are available to answer any question any time.

We are hopeful and excited about the possibilities in 2011. We are dedicated to working with the travel industry and the media on various activities and new ventures. We are also looking forward to upcoming celebrations in 2012 and a few milestones to be recognized in Jordan’s cultural heritage:

2012 is the year that marks the 200th anniversary for the re-discovery of Petra by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt and the 50th anniversary of the filming of Lawrence of Arabia. 2012 is also the 40th year anniversary for UN World Heritage. JTBNA will keep you abreast of upcoming events through our newsletter.

To help us preserve Petra and Jordan’s treasures for the future and another 200 years JTBNA would like you to remind your clients about the importance of preserving our world heritage sites.Please copy and paste the list on the left of this screen“Friendly Reminders when visiting Jordan”on your websites and social media pages and pass on to your clients so that we can all participate in the preservation of our world heritage sites.

The JTBNA team is looking forward to working with you in 2011. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to help facilitate business for you. Wishing you a successful year!


Malia Asfour

Director, Jordan Tourism Board North America

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Friendly Reminders when Visiting Jordan

· Do not buy rocks or pottery: Keep your souvenirs eco-friendly. Picking up or buying rock fragments encourages vendors to break pieces off the monuments to sell to tourists.

· Do not buy antiquities: Stick to the law: buying antiquities is illegal.

· Please refrain from picking flowers or plants: Conserve the natural flora of Petra by not picking flowers and plants.

· Do not write, touch or scrape the walls: Sandstone is very sensitive; ancient treasures can easily be destroyed.

· Stay on trails, rocks can fall easily: To stay safe, keep to the main tracks and paths, and seek assistance from rangers, tourist police and guides as necessary.

· Do not sit or climb on the rocks: Protect the monuments from erosion by not leaning, sitting or climbing on them.

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JTBNA would like to congratulate Mrs. Malia Asfour on being appointed as a new director on the board of the  National Tourism Association, Services Inc. (NTASI). 


VISA Fees to Jordan Increase as of January 1, 2011



Single entry (one time visit only): JD20 / US$30

Double entry (up to two visits only): JD32 / US$45

Multiple entry: JD60 / US$85




Visas have to be paid in the local currency at all entry points unless issued by the Jordanian Embassy or Consulate in your country. Single & Double entry visas are valid for 3 months from the date of issue and Multiple entry visas are valid for 6 months from the date of issue. A departure tax of 5 JD is paid at any border crossing except at the airports. Visas for groups of 5 or more are free of charge provided that they are booked through a Jordanian Tour Operator.

Currency exchange kiosks are available at all entry points. Please NOTE that additional fees are incurred if visas are obtained through a Jordanian Embassy or Consulate. 

Jordan Tourism Revenue Rises 17% in 2010, Jordan Times Reports

Jordan’s tourism revenue rose 17 percent in 2010 compared with the previous year as the number of visitors increased, the Jordan Times reported.


Revenue climbed to 2.42 billion dinars ($3.4 billion) from 2.07 billion dinars in 2009, the newspaper said, citing figures from the Tourism Ministry.


The number of visitors rose 20 percent to 4.55 million from 3.78 million a year earlier, the newspaper added.

About 66 percent of those arriving were from Arab countries, 20 percent were non-Arab foreigners and 14 percent Jordanians living abroad, the Times said.

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center in Jordan Relaunched Under Hilton Hotels and Resort Brand Management

Hilton Worldwide has commenced management of Jordan’s Dead Sea King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, one of the largest convention centre’s in the Middle East region. The reflagged convention centre will now operate under the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand.

With almost 5,000 m2 of meeting space and 23,000 m2 of build-up area spread over 25 conference and meeting rooms and three floors, King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre is one of the largest in the region. It can accommodate approximately 5000 guests. 

Hilton Worldwide manages the Convention Centre through an agreement with Dead Sea Resorts PSC Company. The Convention Centre is adjacent to the 285-room Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa that is currently under development and is scheduled to open in Q4 2014. 


As part of Jordan’s strategy to capture MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) business, the convention centre has hosted and will host international conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2007, 2009 and May 2011, the International Monetary Fund, as well as local and regional conferences, workshops and exhibitions. With fully-equipped conference and meeting halls that vary in size and capacity, the centre is able to accommodate numerous events with different capacity requirements simultaneously.

KHBTCC has dedicated itself to achieve, encourage and set a local and regional benchmark for excellence in managing and attracting significant international, regional and local conventions, trade-shows, educational, cultural and social functions as well as other events to its world-class facilities, while maximizing the benefits for the Jordanian economy and local businesses.


KHBTCC will further strengthen the Hilton portfolio in Jordan, becoming the first project managed by the Hilton brand in Jordan, as one of five other new developments for Hilton Worldwide in the country. KHBTCC will join three new Hilton brand hotels in Aqaba, Amman and Dead Sea areas as well as the first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Aqaba.