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Jordan Is Simply Amazing

Visit Jordan says people shouldn’t assume that Jordan’s unsafe because of what happens outside its borders.

Visit Jordan Canadian representative Avril Matthews says violence is a common occurrence in bordering countries but not in Jordan itself.

“The people of Jordan literally say they have noisy neighbours,” she told a Wednesday Toronto gathering.

Jordan in turn is “like a peaceful oasis,” she added.

Matthews, who visited Jordan this year, said its capital is a “real blend of old and new,” with Amman attractions including a Roman ampitheatre.

The archeological site of Jerash, in turn is an “amazing collage of Greek and Roman history,” while those visiting the Dead Sea will find spas and the “most beautiful hotels you can imagine.”

Matthews said tourists can “spend weeks” exploring storied Petra, while the desert landscapes appeared in the Matt Damon movie The Martian because they “look like Mars.” Tourists can overnight in Bedouin-style tents in Wadi Rum, with “glam” camping available.

She added Biblical sites are common in Jordan, including Mount Nebo, from which Moses is believed to have seen the Promised Land.

The new Jordan Trail can be a 36-day walk through the country, with shorter segments available.
Matthews also praised the Red Sea resort of Aqaba for its “great diving.”

Jackie Bishop Martin of Journey the Globe told the same gathering that Jordan – once seen by some as only deserving of brief visits to Petra – is “now a stand-alone destination.”

Bishop Martin said her company can provide both private and customized Jordan tours.

Both Bishop Martin and Matthews praised Visit Jordan’s Jordan Specialist Program, saying it provides valuable insights into Jordan.

Seen here are Bishop Martin and Matthews.


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