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Tourism Destination and Experience Development Component Leader Maysa Shahateet

Maysa Shahateet has over fifteen years of experience in developmental work and public-sector reform initiatives across various sectors in Jordan. She has previously worked in heritage management and presentation in conjunction with sustainable tourism and visitor experience and servicing. For the past decade, Ms. Shahateet has led the tourism product planning and development portfolio for the USAID-funded Jordan Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project. She planned and led development projects at key cultural and natural sites of global significance including Petra, Jerash, Madaba, and the Citadel of Amman. Ms. Shahateet provided continuous advisory support to Petra Archaeological Park on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee compliance and led the development of Wadi Rum file for enlistment as a UNESCO World Heritage site that resulted in the successful enlistment in 2011. She is currently leading the efforts to diversify Jordan’s tourism offerings and develop new destinations throughout the country.

Blog Posts by Maysa Shahateet

Finding Balance: Cultural Preservation and Tourism

The tourism industry plays a pivotal role in global economies. Today, tourism is the largest employer and generator of foreign exchange — this is especially vital for the economic growth of developing countries that strive to attract visitors from all around the world to explore their cultural and natural treasures. However, the importance of tourism…