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Stephanie's View of Ecotourism in Jordan

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Stephanie Altwassi

Stephanie Altwassi

Stephanie is a British expat living in Petra, Jordan. In the United Kingdom, Steph worked in various administrative roles before becoming part of the team to set up Amirah Foundation, a Birmingham based community interest company whose aim was to support women in domestic violence situations. After leaving the foundation, she moved to Jordan with her family where she is now part of the management team at A Piece of Jordan, a project whose aim is to help bring tourists back to Jordan, stay in Petra for longer and engage with the local community.

PetraMy journey to Jordan began in 2005.  Having never travelled to the Middle East, the first time I looked at a map of where Jordan was, I was a little unsure what to expect. However, within moments of arriving at Queen Alia Airport, I felt welcome and happy to be there. Ten years later and this feeling of happiness, security and hope has not faded.

Despite the challenges we, as a country, are facing with our neighbours, Jordan has, is, and I hope always, will be a land of safety, legendary hospitality, and breathtaking beauty. With the unrest in the region, tourism has unsurprisingly dropped significantly and in towns like Petra that rely on tourism for their livelihood, times are tough.

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  • Janice Hans Christian
    Janice Hans Christian says #
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    I am currently studying in international tourism management course and this blog definitely widen up my horizons about Petra, Jord
  • Yurie
    Yurie says #
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    I could feel Jordan is a amazing place when I read these article. Tourists could feeling the real middle east life, nature and cul
  • Shernice Goh
    Shernice Goh says #
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    I am currently studying in international tourism management course and this blog definitely widen up my horizons about Petra, Jord

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