AMMAN, Jordan – Deputizing for Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al Fayez opened on Wednesday the Arab Regional Conference on Medical Tourism which is organized by the Jordan Cultural Forum.
In remarks at the conference Al Fayez said that tourism has become one of the biggest international economic sectors as the number of tourists at the international level stood at 980 million in 2011 with a growth rate of 4.4 percent.
He said that Jordan, which has unique tourism product has become a tourist attraction, mainly in the medical tourism field.
“Jordan enjoys political, security and economic stability and has advanced tourism infrastructure and this make it a tourist attraction, he added.
President of the Jordan Cultural Forum Mohammad Hiyasat highlighted progress Jordan’s medical tourism sector is witnessing, adding that the conference will discuss medical and religious tourism as well as rehabilitation services in the Kingdom.
Arab and Jordanian tourism experts will present during the two-day event, working papers on the role of civil society institutions in supporting and marketing Jordan’s tourism product as well as the role of the media in promoting tourism.
Jordan ranks first in the Arab world and considered to be among the top 5 countries globally as a medical tourism destination according to a World Bank report and that is due to the excellent reputation the Jordanian medical services have gained over the past few years.