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Web cams plan to boost tourism
29 Jun 2015
Tourism bosses have been using live web cam streaming to attract visitors to Jordan.
Poor revenue from tourism over the last two years has prompted officials in Jordan to turn to technology to spread the message that the country is well worth visiting.
People can now watch streaming from five popular tourist destinations, including Petra, the ancient pink city, where scenes for the blockbuster film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed. This camera has been nicknamed the "first world wonder web cam".
Another web cam is at the Dead Sea and is believed to be the lowest web cam on the planet. Streaming is available from the historic citadel in Amman, with its tall columns dating back to ancient Rome and the noise of traffic and the market in the background. Web cams are also situated in Aqaba, a port on the Red Sea, and the Amman skyline.
Last year almost four million Arab tourists headed to Jordan, and the tourism authorities believe this initiative could see visitor numbers rise.
Abed al Razzaq Arabiyyat, managing director of the country's tourism board, hopes the live streaming will inspire more people to book luxury Jordan holidays.
He said they were doing what they could to encourage visitors, pointing out that Jordan had avoided the violence of the Arab Spring revolutions, which started two years ago in the region, although it had led to fewer tourists and large numbers of holiday cancellations.
He said Jordan was a safe place for holidaymakers from all over the world and he hoped that as well as displaying the country's beauty and history, the live streaming would prove it was not affected by the political turbulence of neighbouring nations.
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