Tourism industry certifications in Jordan offered by JITOA

Tourism industry certifications in Jordan, accredited by institutes worldwide, will be made available by the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA).

The number of international certifications offered by JITOA will increase to include the Certified Travel Associate (CTA), the Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) and the Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE).

The courses have all been specifically created for different staff levels with the CTA focusing on improving sales, efficiency as well as skills in customer service.

Tourism members interested in gaining skills to create opportunities for business in the long-term will be able to take the CTC while professionals in the industry will improve their business opportunities development skills with the (CTIE).

The certifications will be accredited by institutes including the George Washington University 's School of Hospitality as well as the Travel Institute in Washington .

JITOA initially introduced an Events Management Program in 2006 that trained tourism members to deal with the growing number of international meetings, functions and showcases held in Jordan.

‘If you as country want to continue to have these global exhibitions, meetings and events, and build Jordan as a major global destination, the local tourism professionals need to have international accreditations to show that they are up to the job when they do the biddings for projects," said Ahmad El Bashiti, the Executive Director of JITOA.

Jordan To Host Two Medical Tourism Conferences in April 2008

Jordan will host two international conferences on medical tourism next April, officials said.
Director of Medical Tourism at Ministry of Health Ratib Hinnawi said that an agreement was signed with one of the international companies specialized in medical tourism to organize two conferences on medical tourism and hospitals management. He added that hosting such conferences boosts Jordan 's regional role in enhancing the medical tourism and is a chance to look at the latest medical sciences and technologies.

IFC to Promote Business and Tourism in Jordan with Queen Alia International Airport

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, participated in the official signing and handover ceremony for the Queen Alia International Airport on November 15 in Amman , Jordan . His Majesty King Abdullah II has strongly supported the project that is expected to foster the development of tourism, a core part of Jordan 's economic strategy.

Private sector investment in the airport will enable the Jordanian government to channel public resources toward other sectors such as health and education. The project supports the government's efforts to boost tourism, which constitutes about 10 percent of the country's GDP. It is also aligned with the Royal Jordanian Airlines' strategy to make travel to the country more competitive by developing a regional and international hub and increasing the frequency of flights to other countries in the Middle East and beyond.

IFC's advisory services helped mobilize private sector participation for the rehabilitation and expansion of the airport by advising the government of Jordan during the bidding process. Back in May 2007, the government awarded a 25-year concession for the project to an international consortium comprising Aeroports de Paris, J&P Overseas, J&P Avax, EDGO, ADIC, and Noor.

IFC invested $120 million for its own account in the project and helped mobilize up to $160 million in funds from commercial banks.

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