Tuesday, February 28, 2017

JORDAN - Tourism of the Hashemite Kingdom focuses on "Christian places"

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. 

In 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 adequate manner. 

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). 

On his 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".