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Jordan hopes to inspire weekend getaways for Indian travelers

Posted on Saturday 17 July 2010 in India, Holidays

 

Heading to Jordan may be easier - Holidays Travel News

In an effort to increase revenue for the nation's floundering tourism industry and tap a major market of tourists searching for destinations for everything from weekend getaways to a family vacation, the country of Jordan has begun actively wooing Indian travelers to visit its storied ruins, religious sites and cultural artifacts.

In the first five months of the year, more than 20,000 Indian travelers made the trip to the Middle Eastern country, a remarkable 95 percent increase from the previous year, according to Jordan Tourism Board Marketing Manager for Asia, Maher Salman. These tourists tended to venture to the country's most popular sites like the city of Petra, Jerash, Karak, Mount Nebo and Madaba. The Dead Sea has also proven to be a popular tourist destination.

"Our focus on India increased in 2009 with aligned efforts in making Jordan a revered destination for a large number of Indian tourists," he told ExpressIndia.com

Jordan is also courting several business prospects in an effort to become more appealing for business travelers within the region. The country is listed as a "short haul" flight for Indian travelers, with flights from Delhi or Mumbai typically taking just over five hours.

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