AdventureNEXT Near East 2017 will be held in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The sessions, most meals and networking will happen at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea (shown as the red pin), on the shore of the Dead Sea, 400 meters (1,312 feet) below sea level. It is accessible via a 60-minute drive from Amman and close to many touristic and historical sites, such as Madaba, Wadi Mujib, Mount Nibo and the Baptism site. Nearby hotels are shown as a yellow pin on the map.
The Kempinski Hotel is on the shores of the Dead Sea and renowned for its bedouin hospitality and culinary expertise.
The Kempinski and nearby hotels are conveniently only an hour from the international airport
AdventureNEXT events will take place in indoor and outdoor facilities at the Kempinski Hotel
All delegates are invited to enjoy one of many Pre-Adventures for a nominal fee. A limited number of buyers and media are eligible for complimentary Pre-Adventures.
The new Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) is conveniently located just an hour from the Kempinski Hotel. Considered to be the main airport in Jordan, QAIA is serviced by many global airline carriers and will be the main airport for the conference arrival and departures. Jordan Tourism has an office inside the airport if delegates need assistance upon arrival. Car rentals are available.
Jordan is working with a transfer company to book complimentary transfers between select hotels at the Dead Sea and the Amman Airport (AMM) on select days only. Please sign up for your desired transfer time. If you wish to transfer outside of these times or locations, please make your own arrangements. The deadline to book a transfer is Wednesday, May 10.
Sign Up for an Airport Transfer
A passport with a validity of at least six months and a visa are required for single entry to Jordan. Visas are required and for most nationalities, can be obtained upon arrival. Some nationalities and multiple-entry plans require obtaining a visa prior to arrival. We strongly encourage you to review this list to check the visa requirements or contact your local embassy.
For delegates who are citizens of countries that require a visa, the ATTA can provide you with an invitation letter to assist you in your visa application. Registered delegates only, fill out the Visa Letter Request Form. Your invitation letter will be delivered by email as a PDF file within five business days.
Due to recent travel advisories within the Near East, please review the latest information from your government and your air carrier regarding restrictions, travel information, and especially luggage requirements for entering or departing the country of Jordan. For example, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a Security Enhancement for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States on March 21, 2017 stating that “All passengers flying through and from these locations will have to place electronic devices that are larger than a cell phone/smart phone in their checked bags regardless of the passenger’s citizenship.” The United Kingdom has issued a similar restriction. These new restrictions impact most flights coming in and out of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman (AMM), but not all. Please plan accordingly – we suggest using security-approved luggage locks on your baggage and purchasing travel protection that includes coverage for electronics in checked bags. If carry-on luggage rules change, we will update this information. Further resources:
For travel purposes, here are key days for AdventureNEXT.
If you are attending a Pre-Adventure, your trip will begin one of these days. Please check with the tour operator and your Pre-Adventure itinerary to get your trip’s specific dates.
Monday, May 15
Recommended arrival day if you do not attend a pre-adventure. Pre-adventures end today and delegates make their way to the Dead Sea by 4:00 PM. Welcome Dinner begins at 6:30 PM.
Tuesday, May 16
7:00 AM-6:30 PM — Check-In, Opening Plenary, Marketplace Appointments, Closing Plenary
Wednesday, May 17
9:00 AM-10:30 PM — Opening Plenary, Educational Content, Closing Sessions & Dinner
Thursday, May 18
AdventureNEXT is over. Delegates may fly back home or stay and enjoy more adventure opportunities within the broader region.
Weather will be pleasant overall, but can be unpredictable and on the hotter side in May. In Amman, the average Fahrenheit temperatures are 80+/- degrees during the day and in the 60’s at night. It will be warmer at the Dead Sea and in the Jordan Valley as well as in Aqaba on the Red Sea. Bring a light jacket for layering in the evenings. Please check the 10-day forecast before your departure.
Mosquitos can be a nuisance this time of year at the Dead Sea. Plan on bringing bug repellant in your personal belongings.
As with all ATTA events, the attire is ‘Adventure Casual’. Adventure Casual means jeans or pants with a shirt or fleece, on occasion you may see a sport jacket or very casual dress. A light jacket or sweater is recommended for the evenings. Pre-Adventures may have specific packing requirements; you’ll receive this information ahead of time from your activity provider.
Even though Jordan is primarily a Muslim country, the freedom of all religions is protected. Some traditional Muslim and Christian women choose to wear clothing that covers their arms, legs and/or hair, however, this is by choice only and no one is subject to these customs. Regardless, very revealing clothing is not appropriate and conservative dress is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman (downtown) and in smaller cities.
Please check with your hotel for additional information on internet connectivity. There will be free WiFi internet access during AdventureNEXT at the Kempinski Hotel.
The electrical system in Jordan is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles. The most commonly used electrical outlets in Jordan are: Type C; Type F; Type G. Visitors from North America will need a converter and adapter.
Important Notice: The ATTA highly recommends that all AdventureNEXT participants purchase travel insurance to provide the level of protection and support you require during your involvement at the event and during Pre- or Post-NEXT activities. The ATTA encourages delegates to consider purchasing travel insurance with ATTA’s Travel Insurance Partner – World Nomads. Additional ATTA travel insurance and safety/medical member providers include: AIG, Global Rescue, and Ripcord – powered by Redpoint.
The Jordan Tourism Board has arranged for other entities to provide indoor and outdoor activities for AdventureNEXT participants. By choosing a Pre- or Post-NEXT Adventure, you recognize that neither the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), nor its agents, servants, employees, and/or officers, are in any way responsible for any activities conducted by other entities. You further agree to Release and Discharge the ATTA and its agents, servants, employees and/or officers from any claim relating to either the selection of the other entities or the suitability of the entity to provide the indoor or outdoor activity. You recognize and understand that the safety laws, regulations, and requirements for any indoor or outdoor activity may vary widely from your home country’s similar laws, regulations, and requirements. You also understand that medical care in Jordan may differ from your home country and you agree to Release and Discharge the ATTA and its agents, servants, employees and/or officers from any claim relating to medical services.
The Official Carrier for AdventureNEXT Near East is Royal Jordanian Air.
Find your nearest Royal Jordanian Air departure city: Route Map
10% Discount Airfare for all AdventureNEXT Delegates on Crown and Economy Class tickets.
Promotional Code: “ATTA” for tickets booked on www.rj.com
Ticket purchase validity is between April 26 2017 till May 14 2017. Travel Period: May 10 to May 25.
Ticket revalidation change based on ticket rules.
Refund charge based on ticket rules.
The ATTA and Jordan Tourism Board have secured some world-class hotel options all within a short distance to the AdventureNEXT venue — at a discounted rate for delegates.
Please note: if you are not staying at one of the official hotels, you will need to arrange your own transfers to and from the airport.
The cut-off dates to book an official hotel vary – see below.
KEMPINSKI HOTEL ISHTAR DEAD SEA
This 5-star luxury hotel situated on the famous Dead Sea is also the primary venue for AdventureNEXT Near East. Providing uninterrupted views across the vast sea towards the west bank and access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, your stay at the Kempinski Hotel is sure to be an ideal venue from which to explore the rich culture and deep history of the area and network round the clock with delegates attending AdventureNEXT.
Delegate Prices (USD):
Superior Room 225.00
Junior Suite 250.00
Ishtar Superior 250.00
Ishtar Deluxe 275.00
All rates include taxes, breakfast, in-room WiFi, tea/coffee, complimentary minibar refill and are the same for single or double occupancy.
Deadline for booking: April 15
Booking Code: JORD170512
Click here to book these rates.
JORDAN VALLEY MARRIOTT DEAD SEA RESORT & SPA
Just a five minute walk to the AdventureNEXT venue, the Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa is also the host one of our dinners during the event. Delegates who stay at this resort will experience five-star lodging and an assortment of luxury perks.
Delegate Prices (USD):
Deluxe Single/Double: 125.00
Deluxe with Pool View: 154.00
Deluxe Pool Terrace: 182.00
All rates include breakfast. Rates do not include 10% Service Charge + 7% Government Tax. One week Cancellation clause applies.
Deadline for booking: April 20
Click here to book these rates at the Marriott
CROWNE PLAZA DEAD SEA RESORT & SPA
A ten minute walk from the AdventureNEXT venue, this hotel is designed for “today’s modern business traveler.”
Delegate prices range from (USD) $120.00 – 150.00 per night
All rates include breakfast. Rates do not include 10% Service Charge + 7% Government Tax.
Click here to book these rates at the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea.