General Travel News

King of Jordan meets UNWTO Secretary General

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, received United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, at the Royal Palace in Amman to discuss the strategic importance of the country’s tourism sector, as well as scope for further cooperation between Jordan and UNWTO.

During the meeting, King Abdullah and Mr. Rifai discussed the profile of the tourism sector in the Middle East, one of the fastest-growing regions of the past few years, and Jordan’s position as a major tourism destination within the region. In particular, King Abdullah spoke of Jordan’s plans to continue developing its tourism sector in order to maintain its ranking as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations.

Talks also focused on the state of the tourism sector following the economic crisis, and Mr. Rifai presented the King with the UNWTO Roadmap for Recovery, outlining tourism’s role as a key driver of job creation, economic growth, and development.

“Despite the extremely challenging economic conditions of recent times, Jordan received 3.8 million international tourist arrivals and nearly US$3 billion in tourism receipts in 2009,” said Mr. Rifai. “These impressive figures can be attributed, in no small part, to the political recognition afforded to the sector in Jordan,” he added.

Jordan was one of the founding members of UNWTO in 1975, and King Abdullah expressed his desire for the country to play an increasingly active role in the work of the organization, in particular, his interest in hosting a session of the UNWTO General Assembly.

More General Travel News
Marshmello, Pitbull, Shaggy and Don Omar perform at the Diriyah Music Festival in Saudi Arabia
Jazeera Airways launches flights to Karachi
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals into Dubai by early September
Latest Travel News
Jazeera Airways launches flights to Kara...
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals...
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - fa...
Featured Sights To See
Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Johannesburg Zoo is a place that kids will simply love! A great precursor to a safari, the Jo'burg zoo provides excellent facilities and showcases over 2000 animals. Disabled people and children are provided special viewing facilities with the zoo being one of the most child friendly areas of the city. The animals are arranged in zones depending on the area they belong to, such as the Spice R...

Parliament House

Parliament House

Brisbane, Australia

Occupying a regal position overlooking the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane’s Parliament House is arguably the most gorgeous piece of architecture. Dating from 1868, the sandy façade has a roof crafted from copper from Mt Isa. The tours are run on demand unless parliament is in session, in which case you can sit in the public gallery and watch the politicians, which can be as exciting as watching th...

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Sydney, Australia

140 George Street Tel: (02) 9252 4033. Website: www.mca.com.au Opening hours: Daily 1000-1700. Admission: Free (some special exhibitions charge entrance). ...

Textile Museum

Textile Museum

Jakarta, Indonesia

The museum houses a large collection of textiles related to the religious and social practices of the major islands of the archipelago, including batik, ikat and kain ulos. ...