Speaker's Session in Theban Discussing Tourism in Jordan
The Crown Prince Foundation in cooperation with the Jordan Strategy Forum conducted a youth dialogue session entitled "Tourism in Jordan: Opportunities, challenges and benefits" in Theban Youth Center in the governorate of Madaba. The Managing Director of Al Dawliyah for Hotels and Malls, Vice President of the Jordan Hotels Association Eng. Osama Madanat, spoke during the session and stressed on the important role that local community members play to support tourism in the Kingdom which benefits the Jordanian economy. He also identified opportunities in the sector and the role of youth in promoting them. Eng. Madanat explained that motivating young people and the local community in coming up with creative ideas and initiatives which highlighting their heritage, environment and traditional products has the greatest impact in enriching the touristic experience and giving it a special and distinctive local flavor, in addition to achieving a positive impact on the youth themselves, their societies and the tourism sector in general. From their part, the youth valued organizing this event and discussed some challenges facing them while showing their eagerness to support the tourism sector and other sectors that benefit them. They pointed out the importance of organizing such sessions, which they described as "unique opportunities" that open the doors to a direct discussion between them and the decision-makers, and experts in different sectors. CPF’s partnership with Jordan Strategy Forum aims to organize a number of discussion sessions, led by members of the forum to take place in youth centers in various governorates of the Kingdom, where business leaders will share their expertise and knowledge in various topics and issues introducing youth to economic, political and social issues. It is noteworthy that the first discussion session was carried out in Al-Wasatiya Youth Center in Irbid, where the CEO of Jordan Strategy Forum, Dr. Ibrahim Saif spoke about global developments and their impact on the Jordanian economy.