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
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals into Dubai by early September
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - falconry
Summer in Turkey
Latest Travel News
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - fa...
Summer in Turkey...
Taif Season attracts more than 750,000 v...
Featured Sights To See
East Delhi

East Delhi

New Delhi, India

This area boasts nothing spectacular. Thus, it would only be worth a visit if you want to really see the grit of New Delhi and observe how the average Jane and Joe go about their day....

Children’s Museum

Children’s Museum

Helsinki, Finland

This is part of the Helsinki City Museum that holds exhibitions with and for children. To keep them engaged, the Museum holds exhibitions under attractive names like Guinea Pig, where children are told about the animals found in Helsinki. There are colorful displays of cows and fish and children are allowed to have sensory experiences as well, for example they are taught and shown how to milk a co...

Children’s Museum

Children’s Museum

Muscat, Oman

This museum was opened in 1990. It is a unique structure easily differentiated from its surroundings by its twin domes. The Children’s Museum is primarily a science museum with a focus on the environment and nature. For tourists travelling with their children, this is an ideal stop. The interactive exhibits are fantastic and children are able to participate in virtual tours. Timings: Saturda...

Bhimsen Tower (Dharahara)

Bhimsen Tower (Dharahara)

Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: 4215616 Price: Rs 299 Opening Time: 8am-8pm A white tower in the old town, this place has views at 61.88m high – 213 steps above the city. There is also a Shiva shrine right at the very top.   ...