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Jordan’s King Abdullah II calls for boosting efforts for tourism recovery

Jordan's King Abdullah II called for the intensification of efforts to develop the country's tourism sector.

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On Sunday, King Abdullah II reiterated the necessity to strengthen efforts towards the revival of the tourism sector and improving its effectiveness.

At a meeting with representatives of the tourism sector, joined by Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah at Al Husseiniya Palace, King Abdullah II underlined the need for the private and public sectors to work together on developing the economy, relieving stress on sectors that are revitalizing, particularly tourism, according to a Royal Court statement.

The King called for increasing efforts to develop tourism in the Kingdom, as well as promoting it “locally, regionally and internationally.” He also noted that steps need to be taken in vaccinating workers in the tourism sector over the next weeks and resurrecting facilities, in line with health protocols.

The King said there is a need for the government to shape its measures to develop economic sectors, while cooperating with the private sector within a specific timeline, in order to attain economic growth, improve employment, and mend services.

The King further highlighted his desire to build on efforts to promote tourism in the “Golden Triangle” of Petra, Wadi Rum, and Aqaba, as well as through the “Urdun Jannah” program, while also expanding on the impact of economic incentives provided to the sector and the relaunching of promotion campaigns for incoming tourists.

In addition, King Abdullah II called for new low-cost carriers to increase the number of incoming tourists, urging private sector representatives to maintain cooperation and planning with the government to enhance the sector’s performance, which has great potential.

The King was instructed by Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh, Tourism Minister Nayef Al Fayez, and Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority Chief Commissioner Nayef Bakhit on the measures in the process to facilitate the recovery of the tourism sector, due to its importance and substantial contribution to the country’s GDP.

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