Natural wonders it has in abundance, but natural resources are lacking. A haven of peace surrounded by war, Jordan is turning to contingency measures to try to revive its tourism industry which is suffering because of the raging violence in its neighbours Iraq and Syria. Tourism in 2014 contributed 14 percent of the kingdom's gross domestic product, to the tune of $4.4 billion (4.0 billion euros), the second highest earner after remittances from expatriates.
27 September, 2014 New wave of US air strikes in Syria Washington (AFP) - US aircraft have launched a fresh wave of bombing raids against Islamic State militants in Syria, in the fifth consecutive day of air strikes in the country, a defense official told AFP on Friday.
5 December, 2013 Insight: Beheadings and spies help al Qaeda gain ground in Syria By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN (Reuters) - Armed with machine guns, black-clad al Qaeda fighters drove their pick-ups calmly into the northern Syrian town and took over its imposing agriculture ministry building. The scene in Termanin, recounted by an activist who witnessed it last week, […]
17 November, 2016 High in the Golan, tourism takes on a political edge On top of a long-abandoned building, 50 young Arab Israelis listen attentively to Emad Madah as smoke billows into the sky in the distance behind them. Madah is standing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the demarcation line with Syria, explaining the fighting on the Syrian […]
7 March, 2016 Syria regime says will attend peace talks starting March 14 Syria's regime said Monday it would attend renewed peace talks in Geneva starting March 14, but the opposition was still considering whether to go despite a major lull in fighting. The United Nations is hoping to restart peace talks that collapsed last month, building on a ceasefire that […]
12 January, 2015 Paris tourism launches ‘open for business’ campaign after shootings By Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - Representatives of the Paris tourist industry will set off on a world tour next month to reassure visitors and agents that the French capital is safe and open for business after last week's fatal shootings by Islamist...