YCI was first launched in the Middle East region in 2007 when Marriott, Four Seasons and Starwood properties piloted the programme in Amman. After three years of operation, YCI in Jordan has grown from strength to strength and two more hotels have since joined the initiative: a Hyatt property and a second Starwood hotel.
Under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) has been coordinating the local operation of the programme successfully since its initial stages of implementation. JRF has brought in a number of non-profit partners that have provided further support and added value to the training programme in Amman. The YCI training cycle in Amman typically runs from November until April.