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MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF TOURIST SITES IN JORDAN USING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM

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This study utilizes collected data of about 60 tourist sites in Jordan to develop management plans and to direct and guide future tourist developmental projects. A geographic information system (GIS) was used to construct an inductive model that finds suitable areas for the initiation of tourist developmental projects. Our results pointed to four suitable areas where developmental projects should be directed: Madaba, Karak, Aqaba, and Wadi Mousa. The absence of modern information technologies, the presence of traditional management, and the centralized administration within the tourism sector in Jordan have slowed the prosperity of tourism.
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Keywords: Development; GIS; Jordan; Management; Tourism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Anthropology Department, Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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  • Information Technology & Tourism is the first scientific journal dealing with the exciting relationship between information technology and tourism. Information and communication systems embedded in a global net have profound influence on the tourism and travel industry. Reservation systems, distributed multimedia systems, highly mobile working places, electronic markets, and the dominant position of tourism applications in the Internet are noticeable results of this development. And the tourism industry poses several challenges to the IT field and its methodologies.
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