The Jordanian Society of Travel and Tourism Agents (JSTTA) honored Mr. Nasser Kawar, chairman of the Petra Travel and Tourism Company at a special reception this past week for his services to the Jordanian travel and tourism industry.
Secretary-General of the Ministry of Tourism Mr. Farouq Al Hadidi, JSTTA Chairman Haider Ziyadat and top travel agents such as former Tourism Minister Munir Nassar attended the ceremony and paid tribute to Kawar who helped create a vibrant tourism sector, characterized by well-built infrastructure that today contributes around 14 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product and employees 33,000 people. MrKawar told the gathering:
“I am very touched by you all for this honoring, … We have come along way in establishing a good, prosperous and dependable tourism industry in the Kingdom, and credit must go to you all for working hard to bring tourists from all over the world to Jordan, a place of great culture, religions and where history’s civilization had passed through, …”
Mr Kawar also praised the role of His Majesty King Abdullah for his encouragement and belief in creating a strong tourism industry that would image Jordan to the world as a country with a great history and were cultures and businesses can meet to create a fusion for the benefit of mankind.
Petra Tours was established in 1965, at a time when there was no more than a handful of tour operators in Amman, but the then energeticKawar believed he would contribute in building a tourism industry that would build bridges among people with different cultures who would visit the Kingdom, and vice-versa enable Jordanian to travel abroad.
Little did he know that decades latter the Jordanian tourism industry would boomerang into a multi-million affair and possibly billions, with huge tourism infrastructure being built all over the country. Indeed, investments jumped to JD 1.552 billion in tourism projects between 1996 and 2006.
Petra Tours portion of these developments are not inconsiderable since as well as tourism providers they had become hotel investors in prime touristic locations such as the Dead Sea, Petra, and Aqaba.
It is these traits that were recognized when the JSTTA honored Nasser Kawar for his services to tourism.by