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A tourist boy takes a picture of a camel at the Red Rose ancient city of Petra, southern Jordan, April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Amman- The Jordan Trail Association announced the launch of the first adventure to explore Jordan trail which is set to kick off from Umm Qais on March 31 and to conclude in Aqaba on May 13.

Mona Haddad, the chairperson of the association, said that people can also participate in daily and weekend trips, and explore parts of the same trail in the same period.

She said the Jordan Trail Association has sought to promote the 650 km Jordan trail, and to provide information, instructions, and maps for individuals and companies aiming to plan free trips to discover it.

Haddad said that the association organizes these adventures with the support of the Tourism Project to Enhance the Economic Sustainability in Jordan, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities also contributes to 40 percent of the trips’ expenses for early Jordanian subscribers. Subscription fees cover all services including transport, meals, guide services, luggage transport and lodging for long trips, for the purpose of encouraging local participation.

According to Haddad, the association organizes this activity annually to promote the trail and help in sustaining the association’s works. Since its establishment in 2015, the Jordanian Trail Association succeeded in attracting more people willing to discover Jordan.

The trail covers 52 Jordanian cities and towns, and many historic sites, offering its visitors the chance to learn about diversity in Jordan.

The country has a real chance to activate domestic tourism, put it on the map of international adventure tourism, and to achieve great economic revenues for the residents of the trail’s region.

The Jordanian Trail Association was founded by a number of adventure lovers in 2015, aiming to develop the trail and its management. The idea of making it a national trail was a dream for many people, which came true thanks to the efforts of 40 volunteers who worked for three years on determining the trail’s parts.