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IHF focuses spotlight on Jordan

This month’s 4th International Hospitality Forum (IHF) will bring together hoteliers and suppliers in Jordan and the Levant region.

Jordan and the Levant region’s hospitality sector will again come under the microscope at this month’s 4th International Hospitality Forum (IHF.) The event, which takes place September 28-30 at Zara Expo in Amman, brings together hoteliers and suppliers to meet and discuss business.

Jordan’s hotel industry is on a little bit of a high right now. The HotelBenchmark Survey by Deloitte showed that average occupancy in Amman reached 65.1% in the first half of 2004, a year on year rise of 67.5%.

The number of hotels in Jordan also continues to rise rapidly, from 129 in 1994 to 310 in 2002, with the number of rooms rising by 60%.

Major projects underway include the $500 million Tala Bay development, which features 5,000 hotel rooms, the 304 room Aqaba InterContinental Hotel and a $100 million Sun’n Fun tourist project.

Ten resorts and villages are coming up at the Dead Sea, including a 450 room Holiday Inn tourist resort, the 450 room Kempinski Ishtar and a $110 million development called Lost City of the Dead Sea.

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