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During the 2017 Skift Global Forum in September in New York City, we heard from a host of the travel industry’s top leaders from across every sector.
In our behind-the-scenes conversation, Lina Annab, Jordan’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, shared her thoughts about influencers, the area’s competitive advantages, and the evolution of destination marketing.
“Oftentimes we get asked about our plans for the next five years, and I find that this is a question that probabaly was relevant maybe 10 years ago,” she said. “But today, with the changes that are taking place with the new digital ecosystem that we find ourselves in, planning for the next five years is probably a bit unrealistic. We take it at a maximum a year, two years.”
She said Jordan is planning this year to promote adventure tourism, which she believes is a competitive strength. And the destination is also exploring how it can better use technology to drive visitation.
“Apart from marketing, the evolving technology in terms of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, all of these, are also enhancing the ways we are exposing and we are communicating the destination,” Annab said. “We’re trying to avail Jordan virtually before people can experience it on the ground or in reality.”