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Israel to Invest in Developing Galilee, Negev Tourism

7 July, 20107 July, 2010 0 comments Uncategorized Uncategorized

Tours to the Galilee and the Negev regions are about to get even better as Israel announced today it will pour some $10 million into Galilee and Negev tourism industries in order to attract more visitors, both domestic and international, to these areas.

“The objective is to uncover the hidden Galilee and the tourism attractions in the Negev to as many visitors as possible so that they will prefer to take their family vacation in these areas,”  said Silvan Shalom, vice prime minister and minister of development of the Negev and the Galilee. “This is Israel’s shop window and, as a result of the investment in tourism, we can also attract others to live in the Negev and Galilee.”
The ministries of tourism and the Negev and Galilee development will bolster existing tourist villages and infrastructures while seeking new attractions that will draw more tourists.
galilee, gospel trail, biking, negev, tourMost of Israel’s tourism activities and sites are located in the periphery, in the Negev and Galilee, and therefore the Tourism Ministry invests many resources there in order to develop the areas and turn them into places that attract both domestic and incoming tourism,” said Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov. “Continued investment this year will lead to an increase in demand for visits to the region, its sites and attractions, to the creation of new jobs, to a decrease in unemployment and an increase in revenue for the economy.”

In the Galilee, the sites that will be promoted are the Safed fortress, Yavniel Founders’ Park, trail development in the Weiss Forest in Metulla, tourism planning in Sajur (Druze village), infrastructure development in Shaar Yeshuv, Mevo’ot Hermon, Rosh Hanikra, the West Golan, Hamat Gader, Migdal, tourism villages in Menahamiya and Dalton and the promenades in Karkom and Nahariya.

In the Negev, sites on the investment list include the Peace Path in Eilat, tourism village in Alumim, assistance to zimmers, hotels and attractions throughout the Negev, cycle paths on the Spice Route, in Meitar, Bnei Shimon and along the Israel Trail, strengthening infrastructure and establishing a motor park in Hazerim, a Visitors Center in Timna Park, the mosaic at Sussita and the Yatir Forest. The initiative will also promote Bedouin tourism.

By Nicole Jansezian, Travelujah

Nicole Jansezian writes for Travelujah.com, the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. Travelujah is a vibrant online community offering high quality Christian content, user and expert blogs, travel tours and planning services for people interested in connecting with or traveling to the Holy Land.


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