With its stunning Red Sea resorts and Blue Flag beaches, world famous heritage sites, deserts and sophisticated capital, Jordan is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination. Bringing this fabulous country to life through words, Carole French discusses Jordan’s history and culture, eco projects, wildlife and marine life, desert treks, markets and malls. With chapters on the main cities and regions of Jordan, from Amman, to Jeresh, Madaba, Aqabab and the Red Sea, this guide will aid anyone planning their first trip to this magnificent country.
Middle East expert Carole French is an accomplished international travel journalist.
PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1: Background information
Chapter 2: Practical information
PART TWO: THE GUIDE
Chapter 3: Amman
Chapter 4: Around Amman
Chapter 5: Jerash and the Decapolis Cities
Chapter 6: Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea
Chapter 7: The Eastern Desert
Chapter 8: Petra
Chapter 9: Around Petra
Chapter 10: The Red Sea Oasis
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· The city of Aqaba, near Petra, the Red Sea and the Wadi Rum, has been chosen by the Arab Tourism Ministers Council as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2011.
· The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Jordan Tourism Board have introduced a new classification system for hotels, to ensure they meet international standards.
· Jordan was singled out as the Top Emerging Destination for 2010.
· The US and the UK are the two main international markets for Jordan tourism, followed by Germany, France and Spain.
· The Jordan Tourism Board launched a global online program in early 2010, to raise awareness of the country in its top tourism markets. The US, UK and India are among the 11 international markets included in the initiative.
· Investment in infrastructure continues to make Jordan accessible for tourists. The most recent is the JD6.5 million transformation of the city of Madaba, now regarded as the second most visited city in Jordan after Amman. The project included paved routes to assist visitors making their way to the city’s heritage and archaeological attractions, and the cleaning of Madaba’s historic buildings. The project is being seen as a blueprint for other cities, according to the Jordan Tourism Board.
· Jordan has three UNESCO Heritage Sites – Petra, Qusair Amra and Umm ar-Rasas - with a further 16 under consideration.
· Petra is officially one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, with the Dead Sea a finalist in the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
· Jordan is committed to promoting itself as a religious destination, and has recently been selected as a Charter Member of the World Religious Travel Association.
· Jordan offers many spa experiences, including spa resorts and the healing waters of the Dead Sea. Its Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea was awarded a Condé Nast Readers Award in 2009.
· Travelers are tending to look for new experiences and with world-class diving, camel treks, mountain hiking, hot-air ballooning and desert adventure sports Jordan has the ability to capture a share of this market.
· Royal Jordanian Airlines has increased the number of regional and international daily flights to destinations including London, Chicago, Paris, Frankfurt and many Middle Eastern cities.
· Jordan has one of the highest standards of living in the Arab world.
· Jordan is generally a safe country though travelers should be vigilant at all times.