Global travel authority Lonely Planet has reimagined its “Best in Travel” picks for 2021, reflecting an unprecedented year of disruption in the travel industry, and Amman, Jordan has been singled out as one of the destinations that are helping transform travel experiences.
Amman is the capital and largest city of Jordan and the country’s economic, political and cultural centre. With a population of nearly 4 million, Amman is the largest city in the Levant region and the sixth-largest city in the Arab world. As well as being home to Jordan’s world famous historic sites like the Roman Amphitheatre, Citadel and Archaeological Museum (which houses some of the Dead Sea Scrolls), the city is among the most popular locations in the Arab world for multinational corporations to set up their regional offices, ensuring a modern, multi-cultural city. Amman is a city of contrasts and diversity, a mixture of ancient and modern, where many civilisations left their mark.
The city is recognised as a welcoming destination, focusing on diversity and inclusivity. Lonely Planet’s award showcases people, tourism operators and destinations which share the stories and experiences of a variety of people from around the world, ensuring a more diverse representation in travel.
“Amman welcomes the majority of our visitors to Jordan and we are very proud of its reputation as an inclusive destination,” said Dr Abed Al-Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director, Jordan Tourism Board. “It is also home to some of our most awe-inspiring historical sites, and is becoming renowned for its diversity in culinary and shopping experiences, with a blend of international and local cuisines as well as shopping centres in the modern parts of the capital such as The Boulevard, or the old souks representing the ancient downtown. As the gateway to the rest of the country, spending time in Amman is a highly recommended part of every trip to Jordan and is often cited as the main reason people wish to return to Jordan again and again.”
“Lonely Planet continues to reflect the tourism development values among Jordan’s tourism industry, to create a sustainable, regenerative and inclusive industry that drives positive economic growth across the country,” concluded Dr Arabiyat. “We are very honoured to have Amman recognised by Lonely Planet this year. ”
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