Yeah, that is why the state department has issued several warnings about a high risk for terrorism there.
It is far more stable than surrounding countries, sure; but the whole region has problems. Same reason I don't visit Detroit anymore, even though I have family there. Chance of violence is small but still far higher than where I live in Portland, OR. Would rather not take the chance.
To each their own I suppose. I've traveled to Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. They all felt pretty secure to me. But then again, places like Detroit don't really bother me either.
Jordan has had major terrorist attacks directed against foreigners. Hotels were bombed in 2005. So people worrying about that...are not entirely off-base. Let's be fair.
Of course, that's a general problem of the region and not the country per-se. Jordan itself has a very progressive society. But that doesn't change who its neighbours are.
Honestly, though...the bigger issue right now is Jordan's domestic issues. Major anti-government protests these past few months, the whole democracy/reform protest thing that started in Egypt and spread throughout the region.
Mind you, most Western observers are sympathising with the protesters, on the basis that reform is a good thing. At the same time, do you want to visit a country that's currently still reeling from police crackdown on riots in the streets?
(Yes, I know, the resort only opens in 2014, but I can't imagine Jordan's tourism is doing great right now.)
Western perceptions of the middle east are a little... wrong...
Completely off topic... But can you really blame us? Honestly the only time we get any video here in the news it's someone burning a flag, bombing a bus or convoy, or footage from the war over there. Gotta give props to the whole patriotic propaganda machine over here in the U.S., it does it's job of keeping us pretty blind. Having formerly worked loosely with military intelligence, I'm well aware of how it works. But even then it's difficult to say just how much one has to filter through what's bs and what isn't anymore.