Webcams could help boost tourism

4th Mar 2013

Tourism officials in Jordan are using modern technology to share the wonder of some of the country's most stunning historical and natural sights.

Webcams positioned at five of the country's top tourist attractions will allow people from all over the world to be able to sample the sights from their own home.

Cameras will be at the ancient city of Petra and the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, as well as at Amman's ancient citadel, the Red Sea port of Aqaba and the Amman skyline.

Billed as the first World Wonder Webcam, the pink city of Petra's stream shows its stunning architecture carved into the canyon, while the Arab citadel stream shows ancient Roman columns standing tall, with viewers able to listen to bustling downtown market traffic.

Abed al Razzaq Arabiyyat, managing director of the Jordan Tourism Board, said: "We are trying to do what we can to help tourism grow. Jordan is proud to be a safe destination for travellers from all backgrounds."

US-based EarthCam, have provided the streaming webcams for the attractions.

Clarissa Ramirez, from EarthCam, said: "We are thrilled to partner with the Jordan Tourism Board to give people around the world the change to experience the country from several unique perspectives," she said.

"This collection of educational and scenic cameras offers something for everyone, whether you are an adventure-seeker, history buff or travel enthusiast."

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