first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan has launched a unified ticket for tourists under the name ‘Jordan Pass’, which enables tourists to visit various tourist sites, historic locations and museums in the Kingdom at a price of JD70 (around USD 99).The ticket is aimed at encouraging tourists to visit several attractions in Jordan and easing their movement between the various locations.Dr Abed Al Razzak Arabiyat, Managing Director, Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) added, “JTB would be carrying a comprehensive campaign in order to market the Jordan Pass across the globe and among all concerning markets, encouraging all tourists to buy the pass before their planned arrival to the Kingdom.”The idea behind the ticket is to encourage tourists to visit a large number of historical sites, shed some light on lesser known tourist attractions, and to make their trip easier with suggested itineraries, said Nayef H Al Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. Adding, “The importance of the Jordan Pass is to save the tourist’s time, money, and stress during their visits around the country, giving them the ability to make the most out of their trips. Through this pass we are reflecting the hospitality of the Jordanian people; a large characteristic of what makes Jordan such a unique destination.”last_img

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