Amman, jordan — on the first day of a whirlwind visit to the holy land, pope francis spoke three times saturday against the violence lacerating syria and singled out for criticism those supplying and profiting from weapon sales to the embattled country. Amman - with a rich religious history and a host of islamic and christian sites, jordan is counting on religious tourism to attract international visitors despite the challenge of being in an unstable and troubled region. Arabiyat said the third papal visit to the site and the fourth to jordan will encourage more tourists to visit for religious purposes this visit is the first step towards promoting jordan as a religious destination, arabiyat told the jordan times over the phone, adding that preparations are under way for hosting a religious tourism. The pope may have won the most friends in jordan simply by wearing on his shoulders a jordanian kaffiyeh or shmagh, a red-and-white-checked head scarf that for many people has political overtones. Jordan this year witnessed an increase in the number of overnight religious tourists from countries targeted by promotion efforts, according to the jordan tourism board (photo by amjad ghsoun) amman — jordan this year witnessed an increase in the number of overnight religious tourists from.
T oday, pope benedict xvi embarks on his middle east tour first stop is jordan, with an itinerary that covers three days of meetings and masses one of his visits will be to bethany beyond the. Case one: the pope, jordan, and religious tourism pg 39 for jtb the best target market would be pilgrims from foreign countries, where there would be large amount of christian pilgrims interested in coming to jordan to see jordan river where jesus was baptized. Religion and tourism share a close relationship: religion often motivates travel and serves as a source of assorted visitor attractions tourism and religion are historically related through the institution of pilgrimage in a way we can say that pilgrimage is the birthplace of a phenomenon, from which later religious tourism emerged the resource.
The pope's visit comes at the invitation of the king, a moderate arab muslim leader who is keen to promote religious tolerance and coexistence between muslims and christians at home and abroad the pope's visit to jordan seeks to foster better relations with the muslim community as well as to encourage arab christians, the descendants of. What pope francis' visit means to philadelphia - and religious tourism by christopher elliott | september 10, 2015 september 9, 2015 when pope francis visits philadelphia later this month, it won't just be a big event for the region's catholics. When pope francis arrived in jordan as part of a holy land visit in may 2014, he was bringing with him more than a message of peace for jordan's tourism sector, the pope's visit can be seen as a cornerstone in a new push to attract a wide variety of religious tourists to the country. Pope francis just days ago has been the third pope to undertake a pilgrimage to jordan highlighting the preponderance of this country for the christian faith religion there is maybe not a better moment than now to plan a personal encounter of spiritual dimensions in this land.
Tourism based on pilgrimage and visiting the holy sites became important in jordan, especially after the four visits of the four popes of vatican in 1964, 2000, 2009 and 2014jordan is part of the holy land due to the presence of holy places representing the three monotheistic religions. Jordan, whose tourist industry was hit hard by the ongoing turmoil in the middle east, is eyeing the pope's visit to the region in late may as a chance to promote religious tourism to country. Jordan, which is hoping that the pope's visit will enhance its prestige and boost religious tourism to help its ailing economy, greeted him with full honors and tight security.
While jordan is not yet attracting a high number of religious tourists, the new focus of the tourism strategy is beginning to build momentum statistics from the ministry of tourism and antiquities show that from january to march 2014, the kingdom attracted 31 percent more individual tourists and 47 percent more group arrivals than over the same period last year. (amman-afp) - jordan, home to many islamic and christian holy sites, hopes a visit this month by pope francis will promote religious tourism and boost an industry hit hard by regional turmoil. Jordan, which is hoping that the pope's visit will enhance its prestige and boost religious tourism for its ailing economy, greeted him with full honors and tight security. Tagged with religious tourism some of the most defining places of the birth of christianity are located in jordan it is sad that for years its importance has been almost ignored but in recent years more and more people are rediscovering the meaning and the dramatic beauty of these spiritual destinations. Amman // jordan is hoping the visit of pope francis on saturday will boost the kingdom's flagging religious tourism industry in a country that has one of the region's most significant pilgrimage sites.
The pope's visit to jordan served as an occasion for jordan's tourism officials to promote religious tourism to the country and enhance its self-image as guardian of the holy places the tourism sector aptly appropriated the person of the pope as a symbol for representing the holy land, thus authenticating the kingdom's holy land status. Nonetheless, mount nebo remains a favoured destination for religious tourism rising high above the jordan valley, mount nebo, according to ancient belief, is the mountain from which moses saw the promised land, a reference to biblical judea and samaria, including jerusalem. On a different note, tourism minister nidal katamine told reporters that jordan will seize the opportunity of the pope's visit to draw more of the world's attention to jordan's tourism.
It is because of this religious significance that sites all around jordan have been designated as pilgrimage sites and have been visited by pope paul vi, pope john paul ii, and pope benedict xvi within the past half century and expects its fourth papal visit by pope francis in may of 2014. Afp — jordan, home to many islamic and christian holy sites, hopes a visit this month by pope francis will promote religious tourism and boost an industry hit hard by regional turmoil. Located in the heart of the middle-east, jordan is home to many religious sites and monuments as an ideal place to start your religious pilgrimage, this tour lets you explore well known locations such as mount nebo and st george church, as well as the lesser known sites including the jesus cave in ajloun of mukawer.