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Stakeholders call for more investment in tourism

Encouraging investment in Ajloun’s tourism will provide new job opportunities, but will require the government’s support and a focus on ecotourism, a number of Ajloun stakeholders told Al-Ghad and Jo
Encouraging investment in Ajloun’s tourism will provide new job opportunities, but will require the government’s support and a focus on ecotourism, a number of Ajloun stakeholders told Al-Ghad and Jordan News on Monday. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — Encouraging investment in Ajloun’s tourism will provide new job opportunities, but will require the government’s support and a focus on ecotourism, a number of Ajloun stakeholders told Al-Ghad and Jordan News on Monday. اضافة اعلان

MP Safa Al-Momani called on the relevant authorities to reconsider land classifications to help facilitate the investment process, and issue licenses for environmental and touristic projects, with special attention given to licensing the roads that connect the projects.

Head of the Governorate Council Omar Al-Momani said Head of the Governorate Council Omar Al-Momani said that the nature and terrain of the governorate requires reconsidering the process of project approval and allocation, stressing the importance of the tourism sector.

He added that the Governorate Council allocates a significant share of its budget to the sector but that the government’s cuts to council’s budget has led to the disruption of many projects.

Activists Zaher Al-Sawalmeh and Ali Al-Shara told Al-Ghad and Jordan News that about 70 percent of the tourism projects in Ajloun are not licensed due to procedures related to its roads. Both stressed the importance of tourist routes and roads and the need to amend relevant legislation.

Activist Muhammad Khatatbeh pointed out that despite Ajloun’s touristic advantages and calls to support investment, reductions in the Governorate Council’s budget have resulted in a lower tourism budget. He also added that tourism sector demands more funding to develop its infrastructure, particularly the cable car project.

Activist Bader Al-Smadi pointed out that investing more into the tourism sector and infrastructure would bring with it job opportunities and a reduction in poverty.

Activist Zuhair Al-Shara called on the government to give more attention to the sector, stressing that the locals are looking forward to its inclusion in the government’s plan and the positive changes that will bring.

Ajloun’s Tourism Director Mohammed Al-Deek said that Ajloun has 250 archaeological sites, of which Ajloun Castle is the most prominent. These are categorized into: Environmental, natural, adventure, religious, historical, archaeological and heritage sites, as well as 13 hiking trails.

The Committee of Tourism, Antiquities, and Parliamentary Public Services inspected the state of tourism in the governorate and the services provided to citizens and visitors.

Head of the committee, Deputy Obaid Yassin, during his visit stressed the need to pay more attention to Christian religious sites.

Yassin stressed that all concerned departments and authorities must work hand in hand to ensure the sectors development.

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