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The InterContinental Jordan marks 50th Anniversary boosting a series of successes and achievements
18 February 2013
The InterContinental Jordan held a press conference today on the occasion of the 50th anniversary on its establishment in the Kingdom. The press conference was attended by representatives of local and regional press, InterContinental Jordan General Manager Mr. Jan Ifcic and Mrs. Lucie Aslou, Area Director of Public Relations. The InterContinental Jordan was established in Amman in 1963, to be the first five-star hotel in Jordan at the time. Currently, the hotel is the largest with a total capacity of 440 guest rooms that hosted key figures and millions of guests over the past five decades. The hotel’s halls and facilities had also hosted several events, and important local and international conferences. “Fifty years back, the InterContinental Hotel announced the start of its operations in Jordan during a memorable grand opening ceremony held under the patronage of His Majesty the Late King Hussein Bin Talal. Since then, InterContinental Jordan has been a witness and a reflection of Amman’s development in different sectors. Today we take pride in our hotel as we take pride in its people since establishment to date,” said Mr. Ifcic at the conference. He added: “Our sense of pride stems from the successes we were able to achieve over the past five decades in the tourism and hospitality sector and the successful social and environmental initiatives. All these would not have been realized without the cooperation and harmony with all the segments of the Jordanian society, which provided our international hotel with a local Jordanian feature that stems from the Jordanian society and its genuine habits of hospitality.” He also revealed some of the hotel’s plans for this year that entail launching several initiatives that seek to support the community and the environment. In addition, Mr. Ifcic revealed an expansion and development plan in the hotel’s facilities. He also noted that the hotel invested JD17 million in 2010 to provide its guests with premium hospitality services.



Mr. Ifcic noted that the year 2013 will be a festive year witnessing the launching of several programmes, initiatives and social and promotional events.

InterContinental Jordan’s efforts have not gone unnoticed and the hotel boasts many awards to their name including the 2002, 2005, and 2006 Best Business Hotel in Amman Award and the Best InterContinental Hotel in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) in 2004, the EMEA IHG Community Involvement Award, and the Risk Management Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010. In 2011, InterContinental successfully acquired the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Certification and the Outstanding Performance Award at the Jordan Travel Awards ceremony, which was organized by the Jordan Hotel Association.

As the first hotel with an environmentally-conscience agenda, the hotel has significantly reduced their energy and water consumption levels, earning the covetable Green Key Certificate in 2011.

2012 was an especially memorable year for InterContinental Jordan. The hotel was awarded Jordan's Leading Business Hotel and the IHG Academy Certification for their partnership with the Jordan River foundation and the Vocational Training Center.

The InterContinental Jordan had also greatly contributed to revenues generated by the tourism and hospitality sector. The sector’s revenues increased by 20 % and stood at $1.5 billion in last November.

Jordan’s tourism product is distinguished with its diversity and the country receives tourists from different countries of the world, including tourists from the Gulf States who come to visit the Kingdom’s touristic places especially Petra to enjoy archaeology and Wadi Rum, to enjoy the magnificent nature.

In Conclusion, Mr. Ifcic thanked the InterContinental Jordan guests and employees who contributed to the success of the hotel throughout the years.
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