Best Tourism Villages: Jordan receives UNWTO award for Umm Qais

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AMMAN — Secretary-General of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Imad Hijazin on Sunday received an award for the selection of the Kingdom’s northern village of Umm Qais as one of the world’s Best Tourism Villages 2022.اضافة اعلان

The award was presented during a ceremony organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Saudi Arabia, which saw the attendance of sector leaders and ministers of nominated countries.

"Putting the village of Umm Qais on the list will bolster the Kingdom's status on the global tourism map," Hijazin said. The selection, he added, will also contribute to empowering local communities and increasing job opportunities.

The achievement was made through the ministry's vision, and in line with its tourism development plan through the Jordan National Tourism Strategy 2021–2025, he indicated.

Criteria and initiative goalsLast December, the UNWTO announced the "Best Tourism Villages 2022" and named the village of Umm Qais among the best villages across the world.

The villages were evaluated by an independent advisory board based on a set of criteria covering nine axes, including cultural and natural resources, promotion and conservation of cultural resources, economic sustainability, social sustainability, environmental sustainability, tourism development and value chain integration, and governance and prioritization of tourism, in addition to health, safety, and security.
"Putting the village of Umm Qais on the list will bolster the Kingdom's status on the global tourism map."
The Best Tourism Villages initiative is the flagship project of the UNWTO Tourism for Rural Development Program. It aims to ensure tourism contributes to reducing regional inequalities in income and development, fighting depopulation, promoting gender equality and women’s and youth empowerment, and advancing innovation and digitalization.

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