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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Jordan's First Film Tourism Strategy Seeks to Attract Visitors Through Cinema

13/08/2017






Jordan's First Film Tourism Strategy

Seeks to Attract Visitors Through Cinema


Amman, 13 August 2017 - Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali, the Royal Film Commission (RFC) launched Jordan’s first film tourism strategy today, which is set to guide efforts over the coming three years to attract more visitors to Jordan through film. The strategy was developed in cooperation with the Jordan Tourism Board and with support from the USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project (BEST).

 

Representatives from local tour operators and film production companies attended the one-day conference, which included sessions on the latest global developments in film tourism and the successes of countries like Denmark and Czech Republic in attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists, as a result of shooting blockbuster films. Jordan's film tourism strategy was discussed, as well as designing tourism itineraries around film locations.

 

According to George David, RFC’s Managing Director, the filmmaking business has generated around JD150 million and created 5,000 full-time jobs in Jordan in the past 10 years.   He added: "The strategy will seek to promote Jordan by capitalizing on it being the location where many well-known films were shot, including Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, The Martian, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

 

The Director General of the Jordan Tourism Board, Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat, explained:  "The strategy was developed in consultation with film and tourism industry representatives and will capitalize on the huge potential of Jordan to become an international film destination."  He added that blockbuster films help promote destinations and there are many examples of countries that witnessed a huge increase in tourists as a result. In New Zealand, tourism soared to more than $3 billion in 2014 following filming The Hobbit franchise there, and Florida reported an almost 70% increase in tourism thanks to the film Dolphin Tale.

 

Arabiyat confirmed that the strategy was developed to help Jordan benefit from the opportunities that filming destinations have, as designing tour itineraries around film locations can attract more visitors. He also noted that JTB has hosted many production companies from Hollywood and Bollywood in recent years and has offered incentives to encourage more filming in Jordan. JTB also supported RFC’s efforts to promote Jordan at international film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Ibrahim Osta, USAID BEST Chief of Party, said that film commissions compete to attract part of an $88 billion-dollar industry that yields deep direct and indirect economic benefits to filming destinations. Thus, “USAID BEST is supporting Jordan’s efforts to boost its international competitiveness, create new tourism jobs, and distribute tourism revenues across the country through this film strategy, which lays out a clear path to attracting film productions and visitors."

 

For more information, please call: Marian Nakho, tel: 06-4642266/ Ext. 23

 

About The Royal Film Commission – Jordan:

 

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.