The Development and Promotion of Mediterranean Sustainable Adventure Tourism Project (MEDUSA), a project funded by the EU through the ENI CBCMED Program, in cooperation with the GIZ-funded Employment-oriented MSME Promotion Project kicked off today a training activity on Sustainable Tourism Destination Management targeting public sector stakeholders, private sector and sector NGOs, with focus on adventure tourism.
This training aims at:
- Introducing key concepts in sustainable tourism destination management and key parameters essential for successful destination planning.
- Promote cross-agency collaboration and exchange of experiences through multi stakeholder engagement, and encourage dialogue between the various stakeholders, including local service providers, public authorities, tourism professionals and SMEs.
Kicking off our Tourism Customer Experience Management training with 30 participants representing leading tour operators in the country! Thank you Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project - USAID BEST for your support in making this happen!
USAID BEST and the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association JITOA - Jordan signed an agreement to conduct online training on Tourism Customer Experience Management for local tour operators.
USAID BEST will support JITOA to provide this customized training to build the capacity of tour operators as key sector players and ensure they are ready to offer the best customer experience to visitors as soon as they return. This should help operators recover as quickly as possible from the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on tourism.
A very vibrant session this afternoon talking about Aqaba’s Tourism Recovery, along with industry leaders in the tourism sector. On our panel today were H.E. Mr. Sharhabeel Madi from the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, and Eng. Sahl Dudin from Ayla Oasis Development, with special audience and insights by H.E. Dr. Taleb Rifai.
It was a great day in Al Salt with مؤسسة إعمار السلط Salt Development Corporation to have tour operators learn about the many different experiences and projects happening in this fantastic destination!
“The British Traveler Trends of Today” was the theme of our Power Breakfast this morning with guest of honor H.E. Mr. Edward Oakden, the British Ambassador to Jordan, and under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Aqel Biltaji. An engaging event full of education, networking, and relationship building amongst the tourism sector!
Thank you Jordan Kuwait Bank for your valuable support as our Gold Sponsors.
Thanks to our table sponsors Karma House Travel & Tourism,Tyche Tours,Movenpick Jordan and thank you InterContinental Amman (Jordan) for your kind hospitality.
Over the weekend, JITOA, and in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA and Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority has organized a tour operators FAM trip to Petra.
The tour started by a visit to the Petra Museum, and gave participants the opportunity to learn more about upcoming developments in the area, and to learn more about the cultural and heritage village currently in the final stages of its inception.
With the support of JADE Project, JITOA continues on delivering the needed skills for the workforce of the future. The Art of Digital Customer Acquisition was our theme these past few days. Thank you Jawdat Shammas for delivering an excellent session, and thank you Grand Hyatt Amman for your hospitality!
Earlier today, JITOA presented HE Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Mrs. Majd Shweikeh with an appreciation plaque; honoring her efforts in boosting Jordan’s tourism sector throughout 2019, and solidifying Jordan’s position on the world tourism map.
Over the weekend, our tour operators members enjoyed a FAM trip to learn more about RumSky رم سكاي and Henna Fantasia, unique experiences that enrich the tourists’ itineraries while in Jordan! It was a fun weekend with lots of new experiences and business opportunities.
“Capitalizing on the Irish Tourism Experience” was the title of our final Power Breakfast for 2019. As usual, great engagement and attendance from the tourism community to learn more about the potential from this market. Special thanks to Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel for their generous hospitality and support to the success of this event!
In there presence of key stakeholders in the tourism sector, JITOA and The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature kicked off the MEDUSA Project information session, briefing attendees about the work plans involved in this program, which aims to develop and promote the Mediterranean sustainable adventure tourism scene. This program is funded by the EU ENI CBCMED program.
Today morning witnessed the signing of an MOU between JITOA and CAFRAJ - French Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Jordan, focusing on collaboration and and cooperation for both associations’ members. HE Mr. Akel Biltaji, Chairman of CAFRAJ, signed alongside Mr. Awni Kawar, JITOA Chairman, and was witnessed by HE Mrs. Veronique Vouland-Aneini, French Ambassador to Jordan.
Building on our partnership and support received through الإدارة الملكية لحماية البيئة/Rangers for همة ولمة Himmeh w Lammeh, today witnessed the signing of the official MOU between JITOA and the Rangers, with the aim to collaborate and connect closer on issues related to the environment and eco-tourism.
Together as partners, JITOA & Wild Jordan are in Tunisia attending the kickoff meeting of the Development and Promotion of Mediterranean Sustainable Adventure Tourism Project (MEDUSA) which is funded by ENICBCMED - Cooperating Across Boarders in the Mediterranean. More exciting news to follow in the months ahead!
JITOA actively taking part in “The Digital Transformation of Jordan’s Tourism Industry Seminar” brining together professionals of both the IT and Tourism sector, organized by GIZ in cooperation with Pinnacle 360 Degrees Event Management
JITOA Chairman Mr. Awni Kawar taking part in today’s information session, organized by Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority in partnership with Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project - USAID BEST and Safwa Islamic Bank بنك صفوة الإسلامي, discussing boosting tourism investments in Petra.
همة ولمة Himmeh w Lammeh kickstarted today in celebration of World Tourism Day! This national cleanup campaign aims to create more awareness about the importance of our national touristic sites, and how imperative it is to safeguard them from pollution. Happy World Tourism Day! World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Exploring Jordan’s potential as a Destination for Danish Travelers was the theme of today’s power breakfast event, with our guest of honor HE Ambassador Merete Juhl, and under the patronage of HE Mrs. Majd Shweikeh, Minister of a Tourism and Antiquities. Sponsored by Queen Alia International Airport. Special thanks to Landmark Amman Hotel for the generous hospitality.
Happening now! همة ولمة Himmeh w Lammeh press conference in the presence of HE Minister of Agriculture and Environment, representative of HE Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, and Director General of The Royal Socity for the Conservation of Nature. Thank you Amman Rotana for your support and sponsoring this event.
We are in Stockholm, working with our Tour Operators and hotels on building lasting partnerships in the Swedish market. Great turnout with lots of opportunities ahead! This event was made possible with the support of Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project - USAID BEST
We are in Copenhagen, promoting Jordan as a destination of choice here in the Danish market! Busy B2B meetings amongst the travel trade. This event is made possible through the generous support of Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project - USAID BEST.
JITOA Chairman Mr. Awni Kawar joining the tourism panel, with a focus on recapturing growth and creating job opportunities, at the Jordan Economic Forum this afternoon, alongside HE Minster of Tourism and Antiquities and UNESCO representative in Jordan.
With the blessings of H.E Mrs. Majd Shweikeh, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, همة ولمة Himmeh w Lammeh held its stakeholders meeting earlier today,clarifying more details related to the national cleanup campaign planned on September 28 2019.
Today witnessed the signing of a MOU between JITOA and Luminus Education with the purpose of developing specialized tourism educational programs, with specific focus on inbound tour operators and their staff
29 participants in our second summer session training: Effective Time Management for Improved Business Results. Delivered by Noor Kayyali, supported by Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project - USAID BEST and hosted by Grand Millennium Hotel Amman.
In partnership with Wild Jordan برية الأردن, a Tour Operator FAM trip was organized to Dana Biosphere Reserve محمية ضانا للمحيط الحيوي to learn more about its trails, guest house, and experiences around this breathtaking spot! #Jordan #LoveJO #Travel #Tourism #Adventure #Hiking
“Enhancing Business Communication for Effective Results” delivered by Noor Kayyali , hosted by The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana and supported by Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project - USAID BEST
JITOA and the Jordan Tourism Board’s Convention Bureau have teamed up with the private sector to attend The Meetings Show, promoting Jordan as THE destination of choice for MICE! Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project - USAID BEST been instrumental in making this project come together!
JITOAs meeting today with The Committee on Tourism of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag), presenting views on the tourism landscape in Jordan and discussing collaborative efforts moving forward.
Today, we celebrate the signing of our MOU with Accessible Jordan - الأردن المهيأ, paving the way for a number of tourism related initiatives to improve accessibility throughout our lovely touristic sites. Get involved with us today, and make a difference!
JITOA Power Breakfast with HE Spanish Ambassador to Jordan Mrs. Aranzazu Davalos, under the patronage of HE Dr. Taleb Rifai .. a great crowd this morning to discuss tourism and potential with the Spanish.
Thank you Cairo Amman Bank for your support as Gold Sponsors for this event and thank you Crowne Plaza Amman - Jordan for your hospitality
Training on Digital Marketing for the Tourism Sector, delivered by Damian Cook & attended by 45 participants! Thank you JADE project for facilitating this event, thank you Le Royal Hotels and Resorts-Amman for your hospitality, and a special thank you for everyone who has attended!
It was our pleasure hosting everyone at our Annual Appreciation Reception on January 14th 2019. We had the pleasure of honoring HE Ms. Lina Annab for her hard work during her tenure, and announcing our partnership with Accessible Jordan. Thank you to our sponsors Grand Hyatt Amman Shaheen Brothers.
JITOA signed Memorandum of Understanding with Jordan University
Amman, 18/12/2018 – The Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Jordan University, School of Archaeology and Tourism. The agreement which was signed by Mr. Awni Kawar, Chairman of the Board, and Dr. Nada Al-Rawabdeh, Dean of the School, aims at increased cooperation between the two organizations to enhance the level of tourism education and offer students the opportunity to get better access to the private sector, to the business know-how and provide opportunities for internships and training.
This step is an important part of JITOA strategy to enhance links with Academia, and provide private sector feedback on needed resources, new trends and developments in the tourism business requirements. On the other hand, the university will benefit from enhanced access to private sector leaders in the various tourism spheres through the JITOA membership basis, and will be able to actively engage in the sector’s activities.
This agreement is part of JITOA’s effort to support its members with relevant HR needs and create more awareness in the inbound tourism sector among undergraduate students.
JITOA Power Breakfast with The German Ambassador to Jordan H.E. Ms. Birgitta Siefker-Eberle, and under the patronage of The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ms. Majd Shweikeh. Sponsored by our Gold Sponsors TGF and Bronze Sponsors Jordan Duty Free, with the support of Fairmont Amman Jordanian Duty Free ShopsMercedes-Benz JordanFairmont Amman
The Jordanian Inbound Tour Operators Association, and in partnership with the Jordan Tourism Board and the Jordan Society of Travel Agents, organized a combined marketing trip to Poland between November 19 and 16 2018, with the participation of 9 travel agenda and 2 hotel chains. Poland is considered among the top outbound markets in Eastern Europe with around 14 million travelers per year, and $8.7 billion in spending. Ryan Air has opened up two new routes between Amman and 2 Polish cities (Warsaw and Krakow) as of October 2018.
The activity in Poland covered three event:
Event 1 – A B2B Event in Krakow / November 20, 2018
Event 2 – Participation in Meet the Bidder Conference in Warsaw / November 21, 2018
Event 3 – Participation at TT Warsaw Tourism Exhibition / November 22-24, 2018
In its effort to create more awareness among the sector and its partners on tourism importance, JITOA organized a cultural tour-guided walk from Al-Weibdeh area to Abdali Boulevard on October 13th.
The walk which was completed by 298 walkers was planned in celebration of World Tourism Day, which falls every year on September 27, with the aim to bring everyone together, and engage both industry and non-industry partners to highlight how important tourism is for the communities that it touches, and ultimately for Jordan at large.
This year, the theme for the World Tourism Day is “Digital Transformation”. Therefore JITOA worked on several levels to showcase the “Digital Transformation” aspect within the sector and how the various components are linked together. video
Joint trip with the Jordan Businessmen Association to Istanbul, as part of the Jordanian Turkish Business Form. The aim for the tourism sector presence was to build ties and explore means of collaborations with Turkish counterparts on promoting inbound traffic to Jordan.
Power Breakfast with HE Mr. Francisco Carlos Luz, Brazilian Ambassador to Jordan, under the patronage of HE Ms. Lina Annab, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, held at the Grand Millennium Hotel.
Digital Marketing Training in Aqaba with Rajaie Haddad for the tourism sector, supported by ASEZA, and held at the Intercontinental Aqaba.
MoU signing with INTAJ to work together on exposing the ICT sector to the tourism sector, and vice versa, and joining forces on various events, training requirements, and to build synergies across both sectors.
Secrets of Power Negotiations Training with Randa Azar, held at the Century Park Hotel.
Joint event with SCHEP – Al Safi Kitchen Project held at Century Park Hotel to highlight the experience at Al Safi Kitchen to the tour operators, and to incorporate them into their programs.
Joint event with Jordan Trail Association at Amman Rotana to highlight how the Jordan Trail can be packaged and promoted as part of the itineraries of the tour operators.