‘Urdun Jannah’ programme launched to encourage domestic tourism for Jordanians and residents

Published on : Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The “Urdun Jannah” programme was launched to encourage domestic tourism for Jordanians and residents. It has attracted 33,500 participants since the launch of its third season in June, as per Tourism Ministry statement.

“New destinations have been added to the programme including Jerash and Ajloun, in addition to trips to Tafileh that include camping at Dana Biosphere Reserve and historical sites in Karak,” said Yazan Khdeer, the programme’s director.

Khdeer added that the programme’s committee makes regular evaluations of the trips’ schedule, adjusting it based on the preferences of the participants.

The “Urdun Jannah” programme is a joint attempt between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Jordan Tourism Board, aiming to promote domestic tourism for Jordanians and the country’s residents to perk up domestic tourism and assuage the losses incurred in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Urdun Jannah’’ programme provides free transportation (buses) and meals for the participants, along with a tour guide for each bus. The ministry covers more than 50 per cent of the programme’s total cost, with a JD6 million budget for this year. The programme provides 1,222 tourist buses accompanied by 1,222 guides.

Sylvia Willis, an expatriate embarking on several trips with “Urdun Jannah’’ said that the guides were very helpful speaking English fluently. However, she felt that cleanliness can be better in the bus restrooms.

As part of the COVID-19 protocols, the Tourism Ministry regularly distributes masks and gloves at historical sites, museums and visitors’ centers. These sites are also routinely disinfected and cleaned by the antiquities department’s staff.

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