Jordan Revisited

Written by  Lisa Loverro

AFRICA Jordan
It’s been a number of years since I last visited the magical Kingdom of Jordan, and since that time there has been much exciting tourism news coming out of the country. The good news includes many hotel openings to talk about, as well as tourism revenue and arrival numbers that continue
to increase.

Arrivals from the United States to Jordan increased between Jan-April 2017 by 10% over 2016 during the same period, and Canada is up 27.8%. In February 2017, tourism revenues stood at $284.3 million, up by 21.8%, when compared to $233.4 million in February 2016, according to data by the Central Bank of Jordan. The number of group visitors to the Kingdom in the first two months of 2017 rose by 84% compared to the same period last year.
In addition to these encouraging tourism numbers, there are a number of exciting new hotel openings to report. The end of 2017 will usher in the opening of the Fairmont Amman (www.fairmont.com/amman), a five-star luxury hotel with a prestigious address in the 5th circle of Amman, centrally located within walking distance of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods of Abdoun, and the adjacent diplomatic area. Just 30 minutes from the Queen Alia International Airport, the hotel features a contemporary design with 300 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites with unparalleled views of the stunning Amman hills. The hotel utilizes the finest wood and marble to combine classic luxury with contemporary design. Fairmont’s signature Willow Stream spa will be one of Amman’s most luxurious and largest retreats featuring five treatments rooms, and one of the best hammams. For dining options, the hotel will offer a diverse range of culinary experiences from Japanese to classic regional, all with a focus on the freshest local produce whenever possible.


For November of 2017, there is an exciting new opening to report. The W Hotel in Amman (www.starwoodhotels.com) will be an urban sanctuary, styled in contemporary luxury for which the W brand is known for, nestled in Amman’s financial district amid traditional markets and ancient ruins.
May 2018 is the estimated date for the opening of the new St. Regis Amman (www.starwoodhotels.com), located in the neighborhood of Abdoun with magnificent views of downtown. The hotel tower consists of 225-luxury guest room and 45 serviced apartments. The branded apartment tower will consist of 80 luxury residential units, all with outdoor space. Looking to the future, the Ritz-Carlton, Amman marks the brand’s 20th property in the Middle East and Africa and is scheduled to open by 2020. The property will offer 233 guest rooms and suites and will also offer a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a signature spa and modern meeting facilities.


The newest attraction in the country is the Jordan Trail (www.jordantrail.org), a long distance hiking trail in Jordan connecting the length of Jordan from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south. Traveling through 52 villages and towns along the way, the trail traverses the diverse landscapes from the rolling wooded hills of the north to the crystal waters of the Red Sea. A perfect trip for the all adventure seekers!
For information, www.visitjordan.com

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