Festivals in Jordan

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Jordan is having a Tourism and Hospitality Careers Forum on 31 July - 1st August, 2007. This is the first careers forum for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in the Kingdom. It will be a kind of festival because its attracting major players in tourism and employers will be directlty presented to discuss, develop and initiate project opportunities in Jordanian tourism.

The careers forum is organized by the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association whose officials believe that the even is in line with the Jordan National Tourism Stratagy to upgrade the status of the tourism industry in Jordan, and equip it with the right and skilled labour force.

The Career Forum is being supported by the USAID/Jordan Development Tourism Project (Siyaha) which is itself involved in product development of the tourism industry in Jordan.

Presently it is working on a number of projects that include Madaba and Wadi Rum and has just embarked on a national awareness strategy to among the local population to increase awareness and appreciation of the tourism product in Jordan.

The Career Forum falls within this overall development strategy and perspective to upgrade the occupational professionalism of the tourism industry by seeking to set standards among the local populations.

JITOA has been working on promoting the careers forum for the last three months. Tours operators, Travel agents, hoteliers, restaurants, event management companies will be participating in the two-day event, and there are across the board jobs from housekeepers, account executives, clerks, to executive chefs, all will be required.

The career forum is a sign of the times for Jordanian tourism as the sector contributes between 10 and 12 percent of the country's domestic national product.



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