Over the past decade, tourism has emerged as one of Jordan's most rapidly growing economic activities, ranking second in terms of foreign exchange earnings. An estimated 1.2 million people visited Jordan in the millennium year, attracted by the country's stunning landscape, fascinating cultural heritage, and world-class historic sites.

Jordan is a modern country with beautiful landscape, rich traditions and ancient culture. Jordan's terrain extends to approximately 90,000, providing a diverse range of landscapes. The Badia plains lie to the east with hills and mountains in the center. The fertile rift valley cleaves the length of the country forming a natural boundary to the west into which the Jordan River flows and converges at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. The port of Aqaba, at the southern tip of the Kingdom, gives Jordan an access to the Red Sea.

The tourists and visitors can walk through the valleys, hills and plains whose names have become part of human history by virtue of the simple deeds and profound messages of prophets who walked the land and crossed its rivers during their lives. The site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptised, has long been known from the Bible (John 1:28 and 10:40) and from the Byzantine and medieval texts

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