Malaysia eyes Jordan to entice more tourists from Middle East

Published on : Tuesday, October 25, 2016

malaysia-eyes-jordanIn its efforts to entice more tourists from the Middle East, Malaysia is looking at Jordan, Tourism Malaysia Director-General, Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, said.


It would be a good time to target tourists from Jordan, which has shared diplomatic relations with Malaysia since 1965, he said citing the reason that both countries were moving towards improving tourist arrivals.


Another positive factor for bilateral tourism was when the Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ), the Kingdom’s flag carrier, recommenced its operations to Kuala Lumpur in 2010, he said. The airline has suspended its operations in 2004.


“With the recommenced three direct weekly flights to Malaysia, I think Jordan can be one good prospect to promote bilateral tourism,” he said on the sidelines of the Jordan Tourism Business dinner co-organised by the Jordan’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), in Kuala Lumpur Monday.


He said that Malaysians should see for themselves the major tourist attractions like the archaeological site of Petra, the Dead Sea and unspoiled natural locations like the Wadi Rum.


According to JTB, up to August this year, 11,030 Malaysians visited Jordan while last year, 17,562 Malaysians visited the kingdom, a slight decrease compared to 2014, which recorded 24,042.


Jordan, with a population of about 9.5 million is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. It borders Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Syria by land and Egypt by sea.

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