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<ul><li><p>Itd be easy to mistake Jordan as a destination solely for religious groups, but Spice Magazine ventured to Jordan to find out why business events organisers are increasingly lured by this </p><p>remarkable destination. From its adventure-inspiring camel treks </p><p>through Wadi Rum to the architectural wonder of Petra and the worlds largest natural spa, the Dead Sea, Jordan is an ideal incentive destination for groups of all types. </p><p>Jordan Tourism Board offers a wealth of infor-mation on places to see and things to do while a variety of professional destination management com-panies (DMCs) are able to put organisers in contact with the best venues and suppliers for their groups. </p><p>Additionally, an equally wide variety of accom-modation options are available for groups includ-</p><p>ing boutique properties, international hotels and luxury resorts. </p><p>Groups can venture 400 metres below sea level to the Dead Sea where the black mud is believed to significantly enrich your wellbeing with a host of therapeutic minerals. </p><p>Properties such as the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar at the Dead Sea can accommodate a 600 guest cocktail function in the ballroom as easily as a 100 delegate (or smaller) meeting. Technologically for-ward and versatile spaces make this luxury destina-tion not only well placed at the Dead Sea (think short walk to a private beach), but functional too. </p><p>The Kempinskis Sacrament Ballroom is not just opulent, making it virtually self-themed, but offers a 600 person seating capacity and can be divided into two sections, making it perfect for </p><p>gala dinners, product launches and exhibitions. Additionally, the auditorium, with a seat-</p><p>ing capacity of about 180, means your keynote presentations or ceremonies can be easily organised and enjoyed with the large 6 x 8 metre screen and surround sound. </p><p>Petra, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides an unforgettable visual greeting as guests arrive and is a must on any conference or incen-tive itinerary. </p><p>Evening events are made spectacular as the iconic Treasury is illuminated by hundreds of candles. </p><p>Local hotels, such as the Petra Marriott, make it easier for groups to enjoy Petra. The hotel offers 99 spacious rooms and a remarkable event space overlooking the Petra Mountains. </p><p>InspIrIng Jordan</p><p>Above and below; The Petra Marriott overlooking the Petra Mountains.</p><p>52 Spice</p></li><li><p>passporT</p><p>Ideal for small to medium sized groups, three meeting rooms are available for use. The largest, the Atagartis meeting room, suits a maximum capacity of 130. </p><p>Located only a short 10 minute drive to the entrance of Petra Valley, the hotel also organises a free shuttle service for guests. </p><p>For the adventurous and ecologically minded, Feynan Ecolodge offers a 26-room environmen-tally conscious lodge at the South-Western edge of the Dana Biosphere Reserve. This truly unique property is self-sufficient, generating most of its energy needs from the sun. Guests will immedi-ately be at ease after a full day as the lodge is lit only by candles and the night stars. </p><p>The multi-award winning ecolodge opened in 2005 and has a capacity for 60 people in the 26 en-suite rooms.</p><p>Feynan Ecolodges ethos is based on harmony with its local environment: it is completely solar-powered, employees are 100 per cent from the local communities around the Dana Biosphere Reserve, and the lodge generates revenue that helps protect endangered species and conserva-tion efforts. </p><p>Feynan serves a delicious, exclusively vegetarian menu and local Bedouins that are employed by Feynan are available as guides for guests to hike, </p><p>mountain bike, and discover the unique natural, historical and cultural elements of the surrounding areas and communities. </p><p>A truly unique experience, guests can interact with the community and gain a sense of making a difference. Candle making, cooking and other workshops can be organised on-site, which allow women in the community the opportunity to work to help support their families and showcase their art. </p><p>All candles at the lodge are made on-site and even the bread that is served fresh daily is baked by a local Bedouin woman who works from her tent, and has one client only: the lodge. She provides the main source of income for her family.</p><p>The size of the lodge makes it an ideal loca-tion for an exclusive hire so the incentive ex-perience can be completely customised to your group. Groups can experience candlelit dining under the stars, stargazing from the rooftop terrace, hiking, mountain biking, classes and much more. </p><p>An onsite meeting room, lounge, internal and external courtyards, rooftop terrace and outside seating areas offer plenty of space for activities.</p><p>A truly unique experience, guests can interact with the community and gain a sense of making a difference. </p><p>The Sacrament Ballroom at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar.</p><p>Feynan Ecolodge offers a remarkable corporate social responsibility program for groups.</p><p>Luxury events by the Dead Sea at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar.</p><p>Spice 53 </p></li></ul>