Jordan, Palestine Mull Joint Tourism Cooperation

Amman, June 17 (Petra) -- Jordan is keen to increase cooperation with Palestine in the sector of tourism through joint tourism projects, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said on Tuesday.

At a meeting with Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Rula Ma'ayah, Ensour said that tourism promotion in Jordan and Palestine must be carried out through joint programmes because of geopolitical reasons. These programmes, he added, must focus on the Islamic and Christian holy sites besides environmental and medical tourism.

The visiting Palestinian official, on her part, said that Jordan and Palestine both enjoy tremendous tourism potential and have innumerable destinations, including Islamic and Christian holy sites, that will be of interest to global tourists.

She also stressed the need to involve the private sector in promoting tourism in both the countries.

Meanwhile, the premier was briefed by Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nidal Qatamin and the Palestinian minister on the executive tourism cooperation programme between Jordan and Palestine for 2014-2017, which was signed yesterday. The programme aims to boost tourism cooperation and attract more domestic and foreign tourists to the two countries.