Tag: Tourism

OBG: Regional Volatility Hits Tourism

A concerted drive is underway to reinvigorate Jordan’s important tourism sector that has been shaken hard by regional instability. Jordan’s all-important tourism sector is having a rough time of late. According to the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), the number of…

Setting Sail for Luxury

The Dubai International Boat Show is a highlight of the international boating calendar. Whether you’re buying or just there to browse, the five-day show provides an experience like no other. By Jane Hosking While only a short flight away, the…

Petra Tourism Crash

Visitor numbers to Petra have plunged over recent years, forcing several hotels to close. Jordan Hotel Association Chairman Michael Nazzal said a solid investment from the government and a thoroughly planned marketing operation are needed to attract tourists back to…

InterContinental’s New Manager Upbeat

InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) recently appointed Micheal Koth to the positions of Director of Operations for the Levant, and the of InterContinental Jordan. The industry veteran is confident he can maintain his group’s leading position in the Kingdom’s fast developing…

Jordan’s Top Businesswomen: Iman Mutlaq

CEO of Sigma Investments Iman Mutlaq rises every morning at 5 am, meditates for two hours and focuses on her goals for the day. Then she goes to work where she manages financial transactions worth $1.5 billion. Mutlaq is the…

Trashing Petra Tourism

The ludicrously high garbage collection fees charged to struggling Petra hotels is just another example of the government’s myopic approach to raising revenue. By Yusuf Mansur On its website, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority describes itself as a…

Air Arabia Jordan: Ready for Liftoff

By buying a major stake in Petra Airlines, low-cost giant Air Arabia has created a new carrier which will use Amman as a hub to further its ambitious expansion plans. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Jordan’s aviation and tourism sectors were given…

Growing to Compete

Amman’s Kempinski is undertaking a major expansion to take on growing competition in the capital. By Elisa Oddone A string of new five star hotels are due to open in Amman in the near future, sharply raising the competitive stakes…

The Kingdom’s Shop

This article appeared in the May, 2014 edition of Venture.   From and handicrafts, to armored cars and military figurines, Urdon Shop aims to champion a huge range of Jordanian-made products. By Jane Hosking It was three years in the making,…

Dana Reserve: A Serene Getaway

Escape the chaos of the city with a trip to the beautiful and tranquil Dana Biosphere Reserve. By Jane Hosking The sand and crimson colored rock features of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, shaped by water and wind over thousands of…