Petra Archaeological Park is a well-known ancient Nabataean city in the south of Jordan and a remarkable place of global significance for its cultural and intangible heritage. Nestled into rugged mountains and desert canyons, Petra’s vast area remains one of the world’s largest and most complex archaeological sites. It is popularly acclaimed to be one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site for over 30 years.

Managing tourism in such a universally recognized site while improve resilience through management practices that are sustainable and equitable has been the subject of decades of collaboration by many organizations representing diverse disciplines at all levels, regionally, nationally and internationally.

A comprehensive economic and social development strategy was created and implemented to expand benefit to local communities by giving advisory and technical assistance to hoteliers and supporting the production of handcrafts that reflect local designs.

Petra is dedicated to its culture but also to its nature preservation. As for the latter,  it has been recognized for its extraordinary biodiversity with the formation of the Petra National Natural Protected Area.

This destination participated in the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards at ITB Berlin by submitting a sustainable tourism story. Keywords: civil protection, natural hazard protection.

2019 Sustainable tourism story