• 1-3 Apr 2019
  • Aqaba, Jordan
  • Price: $800 USD
    Business Member Price: $300 USD
    Marketplace: $600 USD


Wednesday 3 April
  • 11:30 - 13:00
  • Salon 1
  • Concurrent
Workshop: The Fine Art of Travel Photography

During this workshop, learn the fine art of travel photography — images that go far beyond the “I was here” photograph. As travel providers, marketers, business owners, and, of course, travelers, learn how to create beautiful landscapes and townscapes as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays. After a presentation of travel images by award-winning photographer Mark Edward Harris, put ideas into practice on location in Jordan. You’ll also learn how to approach newspapers and magazines with travel story ideas and develop complete projects.

This session is designed for all delegates with an interest in travel photography.


Mark Edward Harris

Photographer & Author
  • 11:30 - 13:00
  • Salon 2
  • Concurrent
Film Screening: Soufra

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. Watch the trailer. 
Running time: 73 minutes.

  • 11:30 - 13:00
  • Salon 3
  • Concurrent
Adventure Accelerator: Long-Distance Trails

With a focus on facilitated discussion rather than a lecture or presentation, delegates who attend this small-group dialogue will have the opportunity to ask questions, share knowledge, and connect with like-minded individuals with a passion for long-distance walking and biking trails. This Adventure Accelerator specifically explores the operations; management challenges unique to long-distance trails. Developed with the goal to empower local communities, delegates will be encouraged to share honest thoughts with one another about the challenges these trails are facing as they grow in number and popularity. Examined from both regional and international perspectives, delegates may learn “lessons from the field” by exploring a variety of trail types and locations and their uses, management structures, and maintenance strategies. The goal of this session will be to respectfully discuss the sustainability of long-distance trail management, seek to understand what’s missing in marketing and promotional efforts, brainstorm ways to monetize the trail systems, and more.

Participation is limited to 35 delegates. If you can commit to attending, open the AdventureNEXT Near East networking and mobile app and click “+Add to Schedule” to secure your participation.


Andrew Straw

AdventureEDU Facilitator & Creative Director, Saddle Skedaddle Cycling Holidays

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