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Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
30 April 2014


The value and potential of tourism for socio-economic development in Palestine
By the World Tourism Organization, April 2014

Key messages

1. Tourism potential in Palestine: challenges and opportunities

1.1 Key opportunities


1.2 Main challenges
1.3 Important issues to be addressed in the short-term
2. Tourism and Community Development

The development of tourism in Palestine can harness significant socio-economic impacts within a relative short period of time.

Through their direct contact with host communities, tourists create immense opportunities to foster socio-economic development at local level. These include, not only the provision by individuals and small and medium companies in host communities of direct tourism services (local guides, transport, accommodation establishment or restaurants) but also the creation of important linkages with other

sectors throughout the value chain such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing or handicrafts. Supporting tourism in Palestine is transforming these opportunities into community development and empowerment.

3. UNWTO support to the Office of the Quartet Representative Initiative for the Palestinian Economy

The Initiative for Palestinian Economy (IPE) — Tourism Sector developed by The Office of the Quartet Representative offers a comprehensive road map to advance tourism in Palestine and make the sector one of the most important contributors to its socioeconomic development and job creation.

Palestine is since 1999, an Observer to UNWTO. UNWTO is committed to support technically the Office of the Quarter Representative in the implementation of the Sector Aspiration and Strategy for Tourism, provided financial means are made available. Areas of UNWTO technical assistance can include:

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) - A Specialized Agency of the United Nations

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