Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority

Country: Jordan


Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) is independent financial and administrative Authority, founded in 2009, that aims to develop the region, economically, socially, culturally, and as a tourist destination, as well as contribute to local community development. PDTRA is managed by a Board of Commissioners that consists of five members including the President and Vice President and a member who is authorized to manage the Petra Reserve. The members are appointed by the Prime Ministry and approved by His Majesty King Abdullah II.

Vision: A national integrated model for development and investment work.

Mission: Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) is a governmental national institution that aims to develop the Petra region economically, socially and culturally and contribute to the development of the local community through the management of the region and the preservation and discover of urban heritage, develop the tourism process and provide proper investment environment to create sustainable development.

PDTRA objectives:

  • Administrate and supervise the Petra Region.Manage and develop the tourism industry in Petra and coordinate with national and international entities that are related to the economic sector.
  • Provide a desirable investment environment to engage in various economic activities.
  • Contribute to the development of comprehensive strategies for the protection, maintenance and restoration of archaeological sites, in coordination with the Department of Antiquities.  
  • Identify the areas and sites of heritage value in the region, which can be used for tourism purposes.   
  • Enhance the social status for the local committee and private institutions, and provide support to the traditional crafts projects and the tourism industry.
  • Protect the environment in the region, including water resources, natural resources and biodiversity, by setting the standards, rules and regulations.
  • Develop plans for human resource development."