Royal Jordanian Destinations Guide is inviting a limited number of hand-picked companies in Amman to cover the following sectors: Accommodation, Commercial, Professional, Medical, Getting Around, Leisure and Shopping.
The selected companies will become our preferred service providers who will be responsible for catering for the needs of Royal Jordanian Airlines passengers.
Government figures report a 15.3% increase in 2012 tourism receipts on 2011 figures, adding US$3.47 billion to the economy. According to Jordan’s Central Bank, the increase in tourist revenues was due to the pick-up of inbound tourism numbers, with an increase in visitors noted from Iraq, Libya and the US in particular.
Three years ago the Ministry of Tourism released its five-year strategic plan,which aims to boost the number of foreign tourists from 8.2 million to 9.4 million by 2015. Some of the biggest financial commitments include its $30m two-stage Jordan Tourism Development Project, which aims to promote the country as an international tourism hotspot by upgrading and preserving key archaeological sites such as Petra and promoting private sector investment.
Visitors to Jordan came from all main tourism markets and regions including African countries (+13.1%), the Americas (+12.5%), East Asia and the Pacific (+24.7%), South Asia (+42.6%), Europe (+25.8%), and Arab countries (+14.1%).
The numbers of overnight European visitors continued to rise significantly exceeding 685 thousand people. French tourists continued to top the visitors’ table with 79,883 tourists, followed by British tourists (67,092), Italian tourists (53,128), German tourists (49,858), and Spanish tourists (40,525). Overnight visitors from the USA totaled 154,350 people, while Canadians totaled 20,653 people.
Jordanian tourism officials are looking to capitalize on the country’s strengths and refine its offerings. The 2011-2015 National Tourism Strategy (NTS), released last year, looks to boost arrivals from 8.2 million in 2011 to 9.4 million while also increasing revenue to JD4.2 billion. Key parts of the plan call for increased marketing, especially in the digital sphere, along with more festivals and events, better management of cultural sights and upgraded human resources. Improving luxury tourism offerings is another goal identified, one that should receive a welcome boost from major new developments.
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