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Jordan is an excellent meetings, conferences, incentive, and business travel destination

Motaz Othman, eTN  Nov 30, 2009

For a country to be a MICE destination, it has to have a few basic elements, and Jordan has them all.

Jordan is located in the middle of the Middle East and is an easily-reachable country, from most European countries with only three to four hours of flying time and two hours from most Gulf countries. The Royal Jordanian flies to most of European countries and to the Middle East, and most of the airlines connect to Queen Alia International Airport. Royal Jordanian also flies to America and many Asian cities, reaching more than 50 cities around the world. Jordan is also connected by excellent highways to its neighbors, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine.

Most nations worldwide can obtain a visa to enter Jordan on arrival. The latest agreement was with India, which allows all Indian tourists and business people to enter the country and receive their visa upon arrival.

The more basic elements, such as the weather, is comfortable all year long in Jordan, even in the summer, when some believe it to be hot. In fact, the summer weather is so enjoyable, people and tourists from GCC countries often spend their summer vacation with their families in Jordan. As for winter, the weather is pretty much more of the same.

Scientific, medical, economic, educational, and many other conferences are being held in Jordan all year long, attracting professionals and high-level participants from around the globe.

The King Hussien Bin Talal Convention Center (KHBTCC) located at the Dead Sea - the lowest point on Earth – is an excellent convention center that has welcomed the World Economic Forum for the past 5 years and is accustomed to receiving world leaders and business people from all over the world. The center’s state-of-the-art facilities are the perfect place for meetings of any size and occasion. The KHBTCC is part architectural showpiece, part modern art sculpture, and all business. Whether for meeting plans involving hundreds of employees or thousands of guests, the three-story building provides everyone with plenty of comfortable space. The center offers on-site parking and business services, all within easy walking distance of major five-star hotels.

Meeting and convention facilities are also available in Amman and Aqaba. More than 30 five-star hotels in Amman, the Dead Sea, Petra, and Aqaba are ready to host small and big events with their large ballrooms and meeting facilities.

Safety and security is very important, and Jordan is well known for its security measures. Recently, Jordan was ranked number 14 out of 130 countries in the world for safety, according to a United Nation economic survey. Some tourists that have visited Jordan have said that Jordan is safer than their own countries.

The roads and infrastructure in Jordan is excellent. All main cities are connected by highways and signs show travelers how to get to Jordan’s many attractions.

For communications, Jordan offers all the latest services for meetings and conventions, including ADSL Internet services and other communications services that are available around the country.

Jordanians are highly educated, and the English language is well used, so professional translation services for meetings are readily available.

For sure, people who come to Jordan for meetings and conventions, should also enjoy the many treasures Jordan has to offer, such as an open museum, the Dead Sea, Petra, Aqaba, and Wadi Rum, to name a few.

Amman, the capital, is a very modern city with excellent roads, hotels, museums, shopping malls, restaurants, and parks, making it an excellent starting point for visitors to Jordan.

A few weeks ago, un updated and comprehensive “Jordan travel and tourism guide” was published in which one can easily find information on what to do, where to stay, and where to eat, as well as information on tour operators and travel agents available to book a visitor’s journey.

Jordanians are friendly people, and they consider foreign guests as friends, providing visitors with warm and cherished memories of their journey.

Jordan is an excellent meetings, conferences, incentive, and business travel destination
King Hussien Bin Talal Convention Center

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