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
Constance Halaveli Maldives offers the luxury of space in seclusion
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Readers' Choice Award
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in the GCC
Latest Travel News
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Re...
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in t...
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Featured Sights To See
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...

Brunei History Centre

Brunei History Centre

Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

Location: Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports      Stoney Road/James Peace Road      Bandar Seri Begawan BS 8610      Negara Brunei Darussalam Tel: +673-2240166-9 Established in 1982, this centre aims to conduct research into the 600 year old history and culture of the country with special focus on the history and genealogies of the Brunei sultans. This place offers a library and ...

Museum of Books

Museum of Books

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Address: 94 Kabanbai Batyr Street, Almaty Phone:  62 22 13 A quaint little place for professors and researchers. Small building containing interesting manuscripts, scrolls, prints, ancient drawings and other written material, that give an insight into the cultural and historical development of the city.  ...

Senate Square

Senate Square

Helsinki, Finland

Senate Square is the most popular destination within Helsinki. It was built by a famous Russian architect, Carl Ludvig Engel(1778-1840). Today the Senate Square houses concerts, events and a site seeing tour.  The Square occupies a huge area and has a number of monuments and important buildings located on all four sides. •    Lutheran Cathedral This church dates back t...