The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is expanding its tourism offerings to Nigerian tourists to include leisure, education, wellness and other touristic activities.
This is in addition to Christian and Islamic pilgrimage which the country has already started receiving pilgrims from Nigeria.
To achieve this, Jordan is holding a tri-state road-show to sensitize prospective Nigerians tourists on the tourism offerings in the country.
The roadshow is being undertaken in partnership one of Nigeria’s leading tour operator, Nigerians Travel Too (NTT) from 31st October to 8th November 2021 in Lagos, Kano and the Federal capital Territory ( FCT).
A team of representatives of the Jordan Tourism Board which include Dr. Justin Abu Anza-, Medical and Wellness Tourism Unit Head, Mr. Amer Essam Jmal Twal, Mass tourism/mixed faith specialist and Mr. Ahmad Mohammad Al Khattab , Islamic faith consultant are in Nigerian for the roadshow.
According to Dr. Abdalrazzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, “Nigeria represents a new tourism target market for Jordan.
The aim of our roadshow in Kano, Abuja, and Lagos is to increase awareness about Jordan as a tourism destination and highlight various tourism experiences such as Islamic and Christian faith, luxury/leisure, medical and educational tourism.”
Jordan is also home to one of the seven world wonders, Petra.
During the Lagos Roadshow, Amer Essam Jmal Twal explained further on the tourism offerings in Jordan: “Let’s start with Christians, as at the time the NCPC came to Jordan, they’ve been looking at Jordan as a new destination as part of Holy Land.
They needed more information, but once they’ve been inside the Jordan and the noticed the authenticity and spirituality of the sites. Just imagine, the church leaders, led by Rev. Yakubu Pam, standing over the baptism site, at the exact place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
In John 1:38, it spoke about Bethabara. The experience pilgrims had at that time was indescribable. You can just look at their faces and you there is the authenticity of the site reflected on them. We had over 15 flights with about 2500 passengers.
That was the first part. The next part will be the Islamic tourism.
“We have a lot of shrines; we have a lot of places they could visit. It is Halal tourism. There is the diversity of Islamic shrines and the large number of prophets that were located in Jordan, buried in Jordan and have historical significance to parts of Islam in Jordan.
What we are trying to say is that our main focus as a tourism board is that we have sub-segments and strategic products that we are working on. Luxury and leisure tourism are our main focus right now.
“The beauty of Jordan is that everything changes as you move from the north to the South. So, you can move from greenery and very modern centre to historic ruins to sun and sand, including Dead Sea.
There are different experiences that you can take part. We are here to give a brief of what Jordan has to offer because I think Nigerians have little information about Jordan. We are trying to give a different perception to what Jordan is, and what Jordan has to offer.”
Ms. Elizabeth Agboola, CEO and Founder of Nigerians Travel Too, while expressing her delight with the new partnership Jordan Tourism Board, explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious effect on the global tourism and travel sector, and that with many popular destinations being closed to tourists or having limited scope for entry for nearly one year, tourism stakeholders are keen to explore opportunities to get more people to travel once again.
Originally published on www.blueprint.ng