Jordan’s tourism revenue increased by 8.6% hitting $3.2 billion within 7 months of 2019

Latest figures show that Jordan’s tourism saw an 8.6% increase in revenue hitting $3.2 billion from around the world within 7 months of 2019 (January- July 2019). The total number of tourists to Jordan has increased by 9.8 % as compared to 2018 for the same period.

This year Jordan will further confirm its status as one of the most attractive holiday destinations by making visa-on-arrival process easy. The Queen Alia International Airport, Amman has recently introduced 12 new visa processing, purchasing counters for non-Jordanian passengers for entry visa.

Commenting on the increase of tourism revenue, Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Issam Arabiyat, Managing Director, Jordan Tourism Board said, “We are very pleased to see a notable increase in the tourism revenue and it will definitely spill over in remaining months of 2019 and into 2020 as well. Aqaba has recently unveiled its first Underwater Military Museum with 19 decommissioned pieces of military hardware at the bed of Red Sea coast which will help us attract more visitors. The military machines are stationed along the coral reefs imitating a battle tactical formation, that have formed the most exciting underwater escapade, intriguing divers and snorkelers to discover more and more of the dive site, not expecting what to see next and leaving them with a totally unique experience. This museum will help put Aqaba on the diving World map. We look forward to welcoming even more tourists especially from India as it is an emerging market with a huge population and a growing economy, especially in the IT sector, which caters for the potential in the Indian market for MICE tourism, faith tourism, weddings, and movie production.”

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8 of Sharjah’s Unmissable Attractions!

Sharjah’s unique appeal lies in its celebration of heritage and traditional Emirati culture. Today, the emirate has made clever use of its landscapes and history to offer a wide variety of activities and attractions that meld together the historical and the contemporary.

Below are our top 8 picks, which you should not miss when in Sharjah:

Rain Room- After being launched in London then visiting New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai, the Rain Room, an immersive art installation created by Random International is now permanently housed at the Sharjah Art Foundation. When visitors enter the Rain Room, they are directed to navigate intuitively and carefully through the dark underground space in order to protect themselves from a downpour of rain. As they continue to walk through the art space, which uses 1,200 liters of self-cleaning, recycled water, their movements trigger motion sensors that pauses the rainfall when detecting movement.

The tickets for Rain Room are sold online and at the venue. Timings are Saturday-Thursday, 9 am-9 pm and Friday, 4 pm-11 pm.

Eye of Emirates-One of Sharjah’s most instantly recognizable landmarks situated at Al Montazah Park, provides tourists supreme panoramas over the city’s major attractions and famous markets such as the Central Souq, Al JubailSouq, Al Majaz Waterfront, Khalid Lagoon, The Flag Island, Al Noor Island and Al Noor Mosque.

Sharjah Center for Astronomy & Space Sciences: The center aims at developing and promoting education about astronomy and space sciences in the Arab World in general and the UAE in particular in order to be a destination for science, research, heritage, education and tourism for students and university students, researchers and families of all ages.

Al Majaz Waterfront: A perfect family destination with a huge range of world-inspired cuisines, the Al Majaz Waterfront has changed the face of dining and leisure in the emirate. There are old favourites interspersed with more unusual hangouts for visitors who would like to try new flavours in the world-class restaurants and cafes. Sit in any of the appealing waterfront restaurants and enjoy the lagoon view and the Sharjah Fountain show. In addition, the Al Majaz Waterfront offers a sculpture park and children’s park as well as a recycled tyre jogging track and mini golf.

Al Qasba: A more sophisticated foodie vibe can be found at Al Qasba which has become a premier tourism, cultural, business, and entertainment landmark. Reminiscent of a Venetian canal, Al Qasba’s unique architectural design includes pedestrian bridges across the canal and boats to take visitors onto the adjoining Khalid and Al Khan lagoons. Visitors will find many independent restaurants supported by well-known culinary franchises. Here Lebanese cuisine rubs shoulders with American brands and cafes, encouraging you to enjoy relaxing by the water.

Al Noor Mosque: With its stunning location, overlooking Khalid Lagoon, Al Noor is one of Sharjah’s most beautiful mosques and was the first to welcome non-Muslim visitors. Designed in classic Ottoman style, Al Noor’s cascade of domes and two soaring minarets embellish the skyline of Sharjah. The interior is just as spectacular, with calligraphic inscriptions from the Holy Qur’an and intricately decorated domes, arches and pillars. Visits to the mosque are free of charge and guided tours are hosted every Monday with private tours available by appointment.

Al Noor Island: Surrounded by azure waters just off the coast from Sharjah’s bustling downtown, Al Noor Island offers visitors the perfect antidote to the city with multiple attractions that meld nature, art and entertainment in 45,470 sq. metres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Amid stunning art and sculpture, a plant-covered butterfly haven houses around 500 captivating exotic butterflies while the Literature Pavilion provides book lovers with a serene spot to relax and read. The island also hosts a spacious children’s playground, a pontoon and boat docking area that allows easy access for visitors to and from Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba and The Heart of Sharjah.

Sharjah Classic Cars Museum: This museum is an ideal destination for classic cars lovers. It draws tourists and visitors from all around the world. It is a one of a kind museum in the region, as it displays more than 100 vintage classic cars of different brands dating back to the 20th century, in addition to classic motorcycles and bicycles. The oldest car showcased in the museum dates back to 1915. Here, visitors will be able to get an up close look at classic car models and their specifications including Rolls Royce, Ford, Mercedes, Chevrolet, Bentley and many others.

Golf Ready in Thailand!

The recently concluded TGTM 2019 (Thailand Golf Travel Mart), where 116 top golf tour operators from 24 countries and 97 sellers participated, was the fifth edition of the show organised in the kingdom’s Northern capital — Chiang Mai & Lamphun and is a vital part of an ongoing strategy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand to further develop a very important source of high-spending, long-staying customer segment.

To help you plan a Golf Holiday in Thailand, where you can enjoy the ultimate experience of teeing off at the most stunning and Exclusive Golf Courses In Thailand plus all the amazing shopping, beaches, sight-seeing, and food that the country offers.

Black Mountain, Hua Hin: Black Mountain Golf Club is an exclusive golf community ten kilometres west of the quaint city of Hua Hin, Thailand. It was the first course in Thailand to be included in US Golf Digest’s list of the Best 100 Courses Outside the United States. Today, Black Mountain Golf Club is a flourishing community as well as the largest employer of the region. With a popular restaurant, spa, wakeboard park, water park, and numerous recreational activities, it is a desirable travel destination for visitors of every kind.

Chee Chan Golf Resort, Pattaya: Chee Chan Golf Resort offers golfers the chance to play on one of the finest modern courses in Asia. A perfect golf setting overlooking the famed Khao Chee Chan Buddha and providing 360 panoramic views of the course and nearby resort cities of Pattaya and Jomtien. An iconic perspective, with sweeping views of Khao Chee Chan, temples, lakes and mountains and glimpses of the ocean in the near distance all adding to the experience. The land and the surrounding environment gives the player a sense of space that is not easily duplicated elsewhere in the world

Kirimaya Golf Resort Spa Khao Yai: At Kirimaya stargaze, watch wildlife up close, traverse nature trails or relish the challenge of a Jack Nicklaus golf course. Discover new culinary adventures with a vineyard tour. Enhance your wellness at the MAYA Spa, seek mental quietude through our Asian therapies or simply laze by the pool.

Alpine Golf Club, Bangkok Region: Created originally from flat rice paddy fields to a hilly and undulating layout, Alpine Golf Club is Thailand’s finest golf courses. The course was designed by one of the world’s most renowned architects Mr. Ron M. Garl. Once he set feet on the 770-rai flat open land of Today’s Alpine Golf Club, the architect’s vision was to build Thailand’s one and only man-made hilly championship golf course. The course designer came up with carrying out the impossible task of building grass-covered hills on the vast flatlands, topped by hundreds of hand-picked trees and refined with high-grade sand. All these were aimed to introduce golfers to many unexpected golf challenges at Alpine Golf Club.

Thai Country Club, Bangkok Region: The Thai Country Club was developed as one of the finest golf clubs in Asia and opened to the golfing world in December 1996. The golf course was designed to United States Golf Association specifications by Dennis Griffiths, the then President of the world-renowned American Society of Golf Course Architects. The design adapts from everyday casual play up to a very tough challenge for the finest players in the world. The 7,097-yards course was first seriously tested during the 1997 Asian Honda Classic won by Tiger Woods. This picturesque course is renowned for its immaculate conditions, a neo-classic design and its variety of holes, along with an abundance of water as well as fauna and flora – offering a constant challenge and hours of pleasure.

Nikanti Golf Club, Bangkok Region: At no other destination in Asia can be found such a truly distinctive all-inclusive golf experience. From tee to green – as well as from the meals that go straight from chef’s kitchen to the dining table; and the hospitality that peaks during exceptional private events – the Nikanti Golf Club aces every pleasure.

Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort, Chiang Mai: Set in the foot-hills east of Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort features a magnificent 27-hole championship golf course, providing golfers with the additional pleasure of magnificent mountain views at every hole.

Designed by award-winning architects Schmidt-Curley Golf Design, in its infancy, Chiang Mai Highlands was heralded by Asian Golf Monthly as one of the Best New Courses in Asia and is now regularly voted among the top 10 courses to play in Thailand. Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort has since attracted more awards including Best Value Golf Experience, Top 3 ranked Course in Thailand, and a nomination for Best Golf Resort in Asia by The 2015 Asian Golf Awards. With 19 Private Resort Villas, The Spa at Chiang Mai Highlands, condominiums plus a tasteful housing development, Chiang Mai Highlands has become the premier golf holiday destination in the north of Thailand. The combination of first-class facilities, friendly Lanna Thai service, and world-class championship golf with immaculate playing conditions has earned Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort a reputation for delivering a legendary golf experience.

Red Mountain Golf Club, Phuket: Winding its way through a truly dramatic 1400 rai former tin mine site in the heart of Phuket, Red Mountain is surely one of Asia’s most exciting new courses. The course has been cleverly routed to take advantage of a huge variety of landforms and dizzying elevation changes. Scars left from the tin mine era have been imaginatively incorporated into the overall scheme, creating a unique character at the same time as establishing an indelible link with an important era in the Island’s past. Designer Jon Morrow and co-designer Al Tikkanen, have created a highly strategic and challenging 6,900 yard layout to complement the shorter and gentler old Loch Palm Course. While the course is undoubtedly challenging, numerous risk and reward options create a fun playing environment, an exhilarating test of golf and a breathtaking scenic tour around a course destined to become a golfing landmark in the region.

The Thai Golf Pass
The Thai Golf Pass is the first-ever loyalty programme for any country and it is a unique initiative by Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi Office. It offers a seamless golf experience exclusive to Thailand with amazing rewards on the redemption of loyalty points and fully automatic and user-friendly online programme which brings all the suppliers under one platform. For details visit: (www.thaigolfpass.com)

Visit Orlando Appoints Industry Leader As New Chief Sales Officer

ORLANDO, Fla. – Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel announced today industry veteran Michael D. Waterman has been appointed Chief Sales Officer for Visit Orlando. Waterman will oversee the travel industry and convention sales teams for the official tourism association of the most visited destination in the United States, reporting directly to Aguel.

With almost 30 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing, Waterman’s background includes a 24-year tenure in multiple sales and marketing leadership roles at Marriott International and, most recently, as the President and CEO of Visit Houston. His industry service includes the boards of the U.S. Travel Association and Destination International.

“Mike is a well-respected industry leader with a wealth of experience and will be a phenomenal addition to our team,” said Aguel. “He could not be joining at a better time, as our destination is undergoing an extraordinary level of growth from the exciting expansion of our world-class convention center, to the most significant addition of hotel rooms in twenty years, and most recently the announcement of our newest major theme park.”

“I am thrilled to be joining arguably one of the most respected, dynamic destination organizations in the world,” said Waterman. “I started my career in Orlando and I know it will feel like coming home.”

Waterman will assume his new role Aug. 26.
About Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States. The not-for-profit trade association represents 1,200 member companies making up Central Florida’s tourism community, with the mission to brand, market and sell the Orlando destination globally. Visit Orlando represents all segments of the area’s leading industry — one that supports 41 percent of the workforce and generates over $70 billion in annual economic impact.

TAT launches ‘Give Me 5’ off-peak season shopping campaign

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a new shopping campaign, ‘Give Me 5’, to entice an additional 200,000 visitors from India and six ASEAN countries during the off-peak season of July-September.

The campaign will target families, women and incentive groups from 19 cities in India, Indonesia, Lao PDR., Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia, which are served by TAT’s campaign partner airlines, Thai Airways International and Thai Smile Airways.

Visitors travelling on the partner airlines on any of their flights between now and 30 September, 2019, will be eligible to receive discounts of 5-50% on a broad range of products and services along with many other privileges at the campaign’s partner retail shopping outlets, The Mall Group, Central Group and the Ratchprasong Business District Association in Bangkok.

To overcome the baggage weight restrictions, the partner airlines will give the shoppers an extra allowance of five kilogrammes per person on the return sector to their home cities.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “The ‘Give Me 5’ tactical campaign is being launched in countries which have their school holidays and a number of long weekends during these off-peak months. It is expected to generate an estimated 200,000 visitors and 6.2 billion Baht in additional revenue.

“We are delighted to have received strong cooperative support from our national carriers and members of the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) for this campaign.”

The countries chosen for the campaign generated a total of more than 10 million arrivals and 337 billion Baht in tourism earnings in 2018. All are growing strongly this year, compensating for what is expected to be a temporary slowdown in arrivals from China.

The 19 cities included in the campaign are all located within four to five hours flying time to Thailand. They are: Cambodia: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

India: New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow, and Jaipur.

Indonesia: Jakarta and Denpasar-Bali.

Lao: Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Myanmar: Yangon

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

The retail outlets included in the campaign are all the 13 Bangkok malls and shopping centres of the Central Group including CentralWorld, Central Embassy and Zen, all the outlets of The Mall Group including The Emporium, The Emquatier and Siam Paragon, and exclusive upmarket outlets of the Ratchprasong Business District Association; such as, the Gaysorn Village, Erawan Bangkok and Tabtim Dreams.

In addition, many other smaller independent retail outlets ranging from watches and fashion as well as restaurants are included. Mr. Yuthasak said, “The range of products and services included in the discount offers is truly staggering. Visitors will also enjoy good accessibility as all the shopping areas are accessible by Skytrain stations and pedestrian walks.”

The shopping discounts will complement the off-peak season special offers already featured by numerous Bangkok hotels and credit cards, thus enhancing the overall value-for-money factor. The campaign will be prominently marketed by TAT via online and offline media, and its overseas offices.

For specific details of the process as well as the terms and conditions, please check out www.giveme5thailand.com

Tourism Authority of Thailand New Delhi concludes ‘Amazing Thailand Roadshow to India’ in cities of New Delhi and Amritsar

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi recently concluded the “Amazing Thailand Road Show to India” in New Delhi and Amritsar.

35 of the top representatives of hotels, resorts, attractions, DMCs and airlines from Thailand participated in the roadshow to showcase and promote their products to the travel trade in both cities.

The evening started with a B-to-B session between the sellers from Thailand and the buyers from India that included travel agents, tour operators and wedding planners from Delhi and Amritsar. The session was followed by a presentation by Isra Stapanaseth, director of TAT, which focussed on promoting new destinations, products and experiences in Thailand for Indian travellers.

The delegation from Thailand was led by Charun Ohnmee, deputy governor for Policy and Planning, TAT. Talking about the roadshow, Ohnmee said, “Thailand has welcomed around 978,751 Indians to Thailand between January to June 2019, showing a remarkable increase of 24 per cent. With support of the Indian travel trade and media, we are confident of reaching our target of two million Indian tourists to Thailand by end of 2019.’

Think Strawberries Appointed as MMPRC Representative in India market

MPRC – Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation has appointedThink Strawberries as its Representative Office in India effective August 1, 2019.The company will implement the destination’s Marketing and PR strategy in the India market. Think Strawberries was the India Representative of MMPRC from 2013 to 2016 as well.

Shikha Mishra – The PR & Media Manager of MMPRC office in India said, “As Maldives has seen a 96.4% growth in Indian tourist arrivals in 2019, its a matter of pride for us to appointed as the Marketing and PR Representative for MMPRC in India. We will continue to promote Maldives in the India market with Media, Trade and Consumer activities to increase the visitor arrivals from India to Maldives.”

Iconic landmarks of Brussels

One of the most important city- region in Europe, Brussels grew from a small rural settlement on the river Senne. Brussels is known its historical and architectural landmarks; some of them are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. There’s a lots to see in the city which makes it a perfect destination in Europe.

Here is a list of our suggestions:

• Manneken-pis:

This bronze statuette, executed in the 17th century by elder J. Duquesnoy, embodies the rebellious spirit of Brussels. Also known as “Little Julian”, so as to not to be confused with another fountain, het Juliaensborreke, it was one of the many fountains feeding the city. From the rank of a public fountain, it is now a legendary figure.

• Grand Place:

Classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Grand Place began to be built in the 15th century. Bombed for 3 days by the French army in 1695, it is almost completely destroyed but like a phoenix, it rose from the ashes in less than 5 years. That’s why four styles mix or overlap even sometimes; it is a jumble of gothic, opulent baroque, neoclassical and neo-Gothic. The tower of the Hôtel de Ville is more or less 96 meters high. Grand Place is one of the most important landmark destinations in Brussels.

• Mini-Europe:

At the foot of the Atomium, on the site of Bruparck, lies an exotic attraction: a miniature city that offers a trip across Europe in the space of a few hours. With 350 models, with an unequaled finish, are the exact replicas of the most beautiful monuments located in the major cities of the European Union.

• Théâtre de la Place des Martyrs:

The Theatre des Martyrs was built on the site of the old Etoile cinema. As such, you will appreciate its modern design, with a magnificent entrance hall (decorated with a panorama of Alechinsky), the foyer (bordered with the work of Félix Roulin) and the superb room filled with red colours. Once you have passed through the entrance way, you can settle down in comfortable surroundings to take in one of the shows. The programme varies between classics such as Lorenzaccio or Bérénice de Racine and more modern work such as those of Amélie Nothomb. At the end of the show you can head to the cafe for a bite to eat or a drink, where you can soak in the atmosphere. It is also possible to visit the theatre during the day, should you wish to look around the beautiful building.

• The Royal Palace of Brussels : a must-see of the summer!

The Royal Palace, situated on Place des Palais/Paleizenplein reveals itself with magnificent reminders of the past combined with the work of contemporary artists. Belgian multi-disciplinary artist, Jan Fabre’s Heaven of Delight ceiling, made out of one million six hundred thousand jewel-scarab wing cases), is widely praised. The Royal Palace is only open from July 22nd to September 4th.

• Atomium

An important place for international tourism, unique creation in the history of architecture and emblematic vestige of the World fair in Brussels (Expo 58), the Atomium is today the most popular tourist attraction in Belgium.

The Atomium was constructed for the first post-war universal world exhibition (EXPO 58). The nine spheres represent an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. They represent the faith one had in the power of science and moreover in nuclear power.

Passengers travelling to Brussels can discover the city with the Brussels Card. Easy and advantageous, the card can be used over periods of 24/48/72 hours and it offers free access to 41 museums, discounts at attractions, shops, restaurants, etc. and unlimited access to public transport or the Hop On Hop Off bus.

About Visit Brussels

The Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium comprises of 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region (in which it forms an enclave) and the Walloon Region.

Brussels is one of the most popular tourist spot in Belgium and is known for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as its historical and architectural landmarks; some of them are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The Jungle Book Jive

Disneyland Paris pays tribute to a part of the Indian culture, in a vibrant, yet authentic and colorful new musical show.

This live show is an original Disneyland Paris creation performed in the heart of Disneyland Park. It revolves around four sequences, with the major highlight taking place on Central Plaza with a 360° show in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

There are nearly 70 characters and performers in the cast, including drummers coming especially from the state of Rajasthan, India.

Ten Disney characters are part of the show: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Chip and Dale, Clarice, Baloo and King Louie.

Gigantic, colorful animals up to 5m high are used by artists as musical instruments.

A team from Disneyland Paris spent several weeks in India, including the state ofRajasthan, to get inspiration and create the most immersive experience possible.

Iconic songs from The Jungle Book were specially orchestrated by American composer Roger Butterley, including The Bare Necessities, I Wanna Be Like You and Trust in Me. He also composed an exclusive song just for this show.

It took two years to fully develop this new show, including a full month of rehearsals in-studio and in the park at night.

ABOUT DISNEYLAND

Europe’s number one tourist destination, Disneyland® Paris has welcomed more than 320 million visits since opening in 1992 (13.4 million visits in 2016). The resort boasts two spectacular theme parks (Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios Park) and seven themed Disney hotels with 5,800 rooms (more than 2,700 rooms are available in Selected and Associated Hotels). Two full-service convention centers and a world-class 27-hole golf course are also present. In addition to this, the destination is home to Disney Village – one of the largest entertainment complexes in the Ile-de-France region. Spread over more than 30,000m², Disney Village proposes themed dining, shopping and cinema experiences. Disneyland® Paris comprises 59 attractions, 63 shops, and 55 restaurants.

Fireworks, parades, certain shows and festivals are on selected dates and are subject to weather conditions and changes. Attractions, entertainment, shows, shops and restaurants may be closed, modified, delayed or cancelled without prior notice. For any additional information, please contact us.