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Wadi Rum film shooting locations attract tourists, create jobs for residents

13/05/2019

In the recent years, Jordan has been a location hub for filmmakers, who seem to like its geographical diversity and security. This has contributed to creating a number of jobs in Jordan and affected tourism positively, according to tourist guides, residents and cinema industry workers interviewed by The Jordan Times.

Job opportunities

The film industry’s contribution to the economy of the Kingdom over the last 10 years is estimated at JD238 million and has also created 95,000 direct and indirect jobs in different sectors, according to a previous interview with a Royal Film Commission (RFC) official.

Tourism benefits

Locations used in the film production locally became one of the main sought-after locations to visit among tourists, according to tour guides.

Ahmad Hussein, who has been a tour guide since 2010, said many tourists feel happy when they visit locations they see in movies.

Marcus Sillober, a German tourist, recalled that he was curious to visit Jordan after a friend of him told him about the country’s attractions.

He noted that he would not choose a country because of a site that was shown in a movie, but if he decided to visit a specific country and knew that a location in that country was used in to make a movie, he would be interested.

Mohammad Salameh, another tour guide, said film shooting sites have been added to the tour map.


Source: Jordan Times


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