Biblical religious tourism and especially national "Christian heritage" are increasingly at the center of the Jordanian government strategies to encourage the flow of foreign visitors to the Hashemite Kingdom.
recent days manager Lina Annab, current Jordanian Minister for tourism
and antiquities, carried out a "promotional" visit to Lebanon, with the
aim to present to the representatives of the Churches and Lebanese
tourism agencies, the biblical and related places found in the stories
of the Gospel and in the history of Christianity which could be subject
to a more intense and appropriate tourism promotion.
"The tourism between our two Countries", said among other things the
Minister at a conference held at the Hilton Hotel "could be more lively,
if we work to raise awareness of our respective tourism sites in an
The purpose of this visit in Lebanon is to develop
religious tourism, and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai has shown great
interest in this subject". The Minister referred to the most popular
archaeological Biblical and Christian heritage in Jordan (such as
Bethany, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Anjara, Salt, Jerash, Petra, Aqaba).
behalf, Father Khalil Alwan, collaborator of Maronite Patriarch Bechara
Boutros Rai, briefed the Lebanese Association's work for the
development of religious pilgrimage and tourism, chaired by him,
remembering that "Christ passed by Tiro, and the first Synods of the
Church took place in Beirut, Tripoli and Tiro".