||Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat
Jordan Tourism Board
Deputy Director & Director Marketing,
Jordan Tourism Board
Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director, Jordan Tourism Board, talks about the importance of tourism in Jordan, Jordan is working on utilizing its existing assets, zoning in on its heritage, culture, gastronomy, adventure and infrastructure with tourism campaigns designed to attract tourists to Jordan. The tourism sector in Jordan acts as the driver of sustainable economic development and is considered the second fastest growing sector in the Kingdom, and is the largest export sector and a major employer.
Jordan witnessed several development projects in some of key tourist attractions, mainly in Aqaba and the Dead Sea, which contribute towards marketing Jordan as a tourist destination and raise its competitiveness within the region. In the recent Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, produced by the World Economic Forum, Jordan ranked 53rd out of 130 countries on the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index.
Adel Amin, Deputy Director & Director Marketing, Jordan Tourism Board comments on how India continues to be an important source market for Jordan India is an important market for Jordan as we are seeing a lot of traction from our efforts in the market in the past few years. The 2016 Indian arrival figures to Jordan have shown an unprecedented growth of 18.40%, and the same day visitor arrivals from India has declined by 4.50%, which indicates that visitors are now spending more time in the country.
We welcome Indian visitors, and are also offering free visa on arrival in Jordan which makes it easier for Indians to travel to the country. India is firmly established as an important market for us and we hope to see it in the top five markets in the future in terms of tourist inflow.
Mumbai International Airport to Celebrate World Environment Day
With an endeavor to raise awareness and sensitize the denizens towards environmental protection, GVK MIAL, the company that administers Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), will organize daylong awareness program at its integrated terminal on June 5, to commemorate the World Environment Day.
Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme of ‘Connecting people to Nature’, MIAL has planned a host of activities that will apprise travelers and citizens on the importance of preserving and conserving the environment. With an aim to highlight the community’s intimate dependency on nature, the event will comprise of gripping and inspirational skits and workshops that will emphasize on the need to value and appreciate this vital relationship.
In addition to this, the airport will also organize puppet shows for travelers within its premises, a first-of-its-kind initiative by an airport to communicate the urgency of safeguarding our ecosystem.
An attempt to acquaint participants about the rich flora, the program will host workshops on Bonsai and miniature gardening that will introduce the magnificence of these miniature plant estates to the audience. Additionally, the program will entail an aquatic plant set up and botanical garden cart, followed by sapling distribution to MIAL employees and passengers transiting through the airport. To promote sustainable consumption, the program will also engage with travelers by conducting Gudari workshop, a form of recycled craft.
The company’s effort towards minimizing stress on the environment has resulted in remarkable reduction of carbon emissions. As part of its green initiatives, the airport saved 2.16 million units of electricity by adopting energy efficient measures at the facility. Increasing the use of renewable energy, MIAL has successfully set up 2.56 MW of solar power installations.
While promoting the use of clean and green fuel, the airport has also implemented strategic infrastructure improvements that help in reducing taxiing time, thus saving on aviation fuel. Additionally, the airport facilitated stakeholder engagement to reduce scope 3 emission and is also a proud recipient of Green Building Certification – LEED Gold certification for T2 new construction and IGBC Platinum rating for operation of Terminal 2 in Existing Building (O&M) Rating System.
Discover the Great
Outdoors in the USA
The U.S. Great Outdoors is just waiting to be explored. Across this huge and varied land is an all-encompassing Great Outdoors which offers myriad experiences - from national parks to scenic byways and from spectacular sun-drenched coastlines to awesome snow covered mountains.
The best way to explore the national, state and local parks is take a leisurely walk or a more challenging hike, often with the knowledge of a local guide. One can experience endless skies and camp out under the stars, or hit the road to enjoy an iconic road trip.
Travellers to the U.S. have access to 59 different national parks, whose characteristics and opportunities, taken together, are more diverse than anywhere else in the world. From the frigid peaks of Gates of the Arctic’s Brooks Range, to the subtropical wetlands of Florida’s Everglades.
From the below-sea-level simmer of California’s Death Valley, to the mist lifting off the ridges of Shenandoah in Virginia. From glaciers to mangroves to waterfalls to canyons to towering forests—if you visited all 59 of America’s national parks, you would have a pretty thorough understanding of our planet’s geology and ecology.
Such is the size of America’s five Great Lakes - Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior; that they are sometimes referred to as the USA’s ‘Third Coast’. They make up a holiday paradise where visitors can hike, swim and camp.
A drive around Lake Michigan’s edge (a journey of some 900 miles) is one of the iconic American road trips, taking in major cities like Chicago, and areas of rural beauty, like Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula.
The USA has some of the world's most distinctive and diverse natural environments, with unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes, and World Heritage sites.
CKGS opens Algeria Visa Application Centres in India
||Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) has announced the opening of Algeria Visa Application and Information Centres (AVAIC) at six different locations
Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) has opened Algeria Visa Application and Information Centres (AVAIC) at six different locations including Mumbai, which will be the main centre. The other AVAIC s are based in Pune, Ahmedabad, Goa, Indore and Chennai respectively.
The Centres will cater to all categories of Visa such as tourist, business, work, family, cultural and press, accepting applications from states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. With this move, CKGS will become the main service provider for Algeria Visa in West and South India.
The Mumbai VAC was inaugurated recently by Hamza Yahia-Cherif, the Ambassador of Algeria to India in presence of the senior CKGS officials. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “We are pleased to appoint CKGS as our representative to manage the Algeria Visa Application centre in India.
We want to encourage more and more Indians to consider travelling to Algeria and at the same time provide a seamless experience in applying for visas. These centres will ensure that Indian travellers find a faster and reliable way to obtain visa to visit Algeria”.
Commenting on the new mandate, Venku Murthi, Chief Operating Officer, CKGS said, “We are happy to know that the Embassy of Algeria has put their trust in our proven expertise. All 6 centres in India will be committed to ensure excellent visa services to applicants who want to travel to Algeria. We are confident, this partnership will make visa processing quicker and easier for travellers.”