Jordan develops tourism friendly plans

The Petra Regional Authority (PRA) in Jordan is developing projects worth US$ 7050197 to enhance tourist attractions in the area.

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By  Shilpa Mathai Published  January 14, 2004

The Petra Regional Authority (PRA) in Jordan is developing projects worth US$ 7050197 to enhance tourist attractions in the area. According to Shehadeh Abu Hdaib, the head of PRA, work will also be undertaken to spruce up the entrance to the ancient city of Petra. “We’re working on developing the area from a tourist-friendly perspective, improve service provisions and beautify the area to enhance visitor potential," said Abu Hdaib, in a report in the Jordan Times newspaper. “Some of these projects are already complete, such as a national park, and the relocation of tradesmen and vegetable/fruit markets to a more strategically appropriate area,” he added. Other plans in the pipeline include a US$ 4435063.69 million-conference centre and a helipad. To help local hoteliers make up for the drop in overseas visitors last year, the government has launched schemes to promote the area regionally. One such initiative is the ‘Petra Charm’ a subsidised room rate initiative that is said to have generated 40,000 night stays, a scheme Abu Hdaib hailed as a success.

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