New Istanbul-Aqaba Route

April 10, 2013by Brenda

We are excited about this new route and what it means for our clients. Previously, if you were visiting Jordan would would typically fly in and out of Amman. Now we have the option of structuring tours that begin in Aqaba, visit Wadi Rum, Petra, Kerak, Dead Sea, Mt. Nebo, Madaba, Amman, then fly out of Amman – no backtracking to get back to Amman! We think this will allow you to see more, at a more relaxed pace. Call us if you would like to see Jordan from north to south, or south to north! Also, consider adding a visit to Turkey before or after your Jordan tour.


Jordan’s Tourism Horizons Continue to Expand:

Istanbul-Aqaba Route!

Amman – Thanks to the efforts of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) and USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project, Jordan’s tourism is about to gain a significant boost from increased direct flights between Aqaba and Istanbul. ┬áThe new route gives millions of visitors direct access to Jordan’s southern port along with a superb location to three of the country’s key tourism attractions.

“The launch of Turkish Airlines Aqaba flights marks a historic moment for Aqaba; the first foreign international network carrier to make scheduled flights to Aqaba airport. Tremendous opportunities for tourism trade for Aqaba will emerge and be utilized through the Turkish Airlines network of 97 countries and 215 cities. Tourists and business men will have the convenience to travel directly to and from Aqaba from all around the world. With support of ASEZA, JTB, USAID and representatives of the tourism industry we will help develop tourism and trade in Aqaba,” said Sedat Orman, Turkish Airlines General for Aqaba.

Jordan’s tourism sector, including tour operators and hotel representatives, received first-hand information about how this will impact tourism in Jordan and the sector can capitalize on the new route to grow business. The new route connects to key source markets for Jordan, including Turkey and countries in South America and Scandinavia, both of which were recently identified by Jordan’s sector as promising potential markets to be tapped into. Increasing the number of visitors to Jordan can further boost the positive impact of tourism on the country’s economy.

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