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The tourism sector in Jordan is fast-growing and involves many economic and social sectors. It contributed by 11.8% to Jordan’s GDP in 2015. Jordan has become a safe destination for tourism due to its strategic central location in the region, moderate climate, safety, and security.
- A healthy leisure and tourism industry characterized by low risk across security and economic measures (EIU ratings 2015), providing a safe, more stable environment for tourists and visitors
- An established leisure and tourism cluster of more than 2,200 establishments supporting more than 49,000 jobs (Ministry of Tourism Report, 2015).
- Significant tourism infrastructure assets in Amman, Aqaba, Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, Ma’an (Petra) and Wadi Rum. Jordan has 558 classified and non-classified hotels with 27,073 beds.
- A total number of tourist arrivals reaching 4.8 million with receipts of USD 2886.1m (Central Bank statistics, 2015).
- Jordain is ranked 35 (out of 140) in the WEF tourism Global Index,2015 in terms of Business Environment, and 32 in Ease of finding skilled employees.
- World class medical tourism destination - Jordan is the region’s medical treatment hub (ranked the number medical tourism destination according to World Bank) – over 250,000 foreign patents, at sites including Ajloun Castle Health Spa, and Dead Sea Mineral Spa.
- New tourism-focused Development Zones, including the Dead Sea and Jabal Ajloun
- Competitive transport infrastructure:
- Air (scores 4.8/ 7 in WEF World Competitiveness Report 2015)
- Road (scores 4.1/ 7 in WEF World Competitiveness Report 2015)
- Port infrastructure (scores 4.1/ 7 in WEF World Competitiveness Report 2015)
- Jordan’s main airport acts as a Middle East travel hub
- Strong levels of English language skills (2014 EF Proficiency Index), supporting the ease of travel and tourism in the country
- Provides good quality of life (high rating on the UN Human Development Index and a ranking of 26th on the Happy Planet Index)
- Availability of Development Zone incentives for operations in Aqaba Special Economic Zone and Jordan Development Area (Jabal Ajloun and the Dead Sea).
- Three , Four and Five Star hotels.
- Boutique Hotels.
- Country-Side cottages (Ajloun).
- Theme Parks and entertainment cities.
- Spas and Resorts
Source: Travel & Tourism ECONOMIC IMPACT 2016 Report-JORDAN, World Travel & Tourism Council
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Tourism is a fast growing industry that involves many economic and social sectors. Jordan has managed to capitalize on its strategic central location in the area, its relative stability and security, along with its pleasant climate, to establish a reputation for being a safe tourist destination. Tourism in 2014 contributed 14 per cent of the Kingdom’s gross domestic product, to ...
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Jordan’s tourism industry generates more than 14 percent of the country’s annual gross domestic product. It also is the largest generator of private sector employment in the country. With almost 1 million visitors to Petra alone in 2010, the tourism industry is a significant asset to the Jordanian economy .