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Wikitravel:Guide for business owners

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Welcome, business owners. The owners (and loyal employees) of hotels, restaurants, bars, attractions, and other businesses catering to travellers are welcome to share information that helps others in their travels. Everyone is invited to participate in the guide's development and decision-making. Everyone is also invited to share the information in Wikitravel with whomever they want. Of course, we do have some guidelines, policies, and a few legal requirements that go along with this.

I have a room on top of 4 story building for two person with a bathroom, refrigator and small heating stove. The veranda is large enough (80sqm)that someone could sleep in the open as though you were camping. The view overlooks Madaba with a nice breeze.

I have a room on top of 4 story building for two person with a shared bathroom, refrigator and small heating stove. The veranda is large enough (80sqm)that someone could sleep in the open as though you were camping. The view overlooks Madaba with a nice breeze. This will be cheaper than all of the hotels in Madaba. You will be sharing the traditional Arab Christian culture with the resident family. We would be happy to prepare a breakfast for you at a miniimal cost. I am located a short walking distance from the famous St George "Map Church" that contains one of the Middle East most intriging mosaics and 7 km from mountain Nebo and 20 minutes by car to go to Dead Sea. If you like I can arrenge a trip to the baptism site.

You are near many of the major attractions of Madaba.

> A Detail from one of the many famous mosaics found in and around Madaba.

Just 30km from Amman, along the 5,000-year-old Kings´ Highway, is one of the most memorable places in the Holy Land. After passing through a string of ancient sites, the first city you reach is Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics."

Best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly coloured local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta.

Mosaic Map of the Holy Land in St. George's Church.

The Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which is located northwest of the city centre. The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 sq.m., only about a quarter of which is preserved.

Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and in the Archaeological Museum depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and the everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Literally, hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba's churches and homes.

In line with Jordan's commitment to restoring and preserving its mosaic masterpieces, Madaba’s extensive Archaeological Park and Museum complex encompasses the remains of several Byzantine churches, including the outstanding mosaics of the Church of the Virgin and the Hyppolytus Hall, part of a 6th century mansion.

Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration in Madaba.

Close to the Church of the Virgin is the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration, which operates under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism. The only project of its kind in the Middle East, the Institute trains artisans in the art of making, repairing and restoring mosaics.


You could just add a listing for your business and leave it at that. But we'd love to see you sign up and stick around.

But don't do it just for us. If you own a travel-related business, you probably want to see local tourism and other travel to your area thrive, and helping to make the Wikitravel guide to your destination better is one way to promote that. We've found that the better an article is, the more traffic it gets. Twice a month we feature another well-developed article on the Main Page as either "Destination of the Month" or "Off the Beaten Path". And for the crème-de-la-crème pages, we flag them and feature them as "Star" articles.

So make sure all the key attractions and activities in your locale are listed... as well as your business. No one's asking you to add listings for your competitors (though to be honest, we'd love it if you did). But if you own a nightclub, surely you must know some good restaurants in the area. If you own a hotel, you probably know something about what your guests see and do while they're in town. We'd love it if you uploaded images of attractions in your city, just be sure you understand they'll be published under the free content license that we use. You may even consider becoming a docent for your city, someone who offers to answer questions that travellers might have about things that aren't covered in the article. If a traveller sees that you're genuinely interested in helping, that certainly can't hurt the chances that they'll patronize your business when they get to town. And it's quite alright to put information about yourself and your business on your User page (if you don't turn it into a marketing brochure).

And on the off chance that once in a while you manage to get away from the job and get out of town, please contribute the information you learn as a traveller yourself, to other guide pages.


You can share Wikitravel information with others. You can print copies of Wikitravel articles and provide them as city guides to your guests.

The only restrictions on you are the same ones that apply to Wikitravel itself: you have to give credit to the contributors, and anyone you give this information to has the same right to redistribute it. See Wikitravel:How to re-use Wikitravel guides for more details.

This guide is published under a "copyleft" license that allows its content to be used by anyone, free of charge. It's called the "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike" license. [1] The "Attribution" part says we have to give credit to the people who contributed the information. The "ShareAlike" part says that everything contributed to Wikitravel has to be made available to anyone else on the same terms. We specifically didn't include the "NonCommercial" limitation in Wikitravel's licence, so that business owners like you use the travel guides.

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