Palestinian minister of tourism discusses cooperation with British Consul-GeneralOct. 24, 2018, midnight
Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Rula Maa'yaa discussed on 23 October cooperation between the Palestinian and British tourism sectors in a meeting with British General-Consul Philip Hall, reported Ma’an News Agency.
Mrs Maa’yaa congratulated Mr Hall on his appointment as the representative of the United Kingdom to Palestine in his role as the new consul-general at the British Consulate in Jerusalem.
During the meeting, which was held in the city of Bethlehem, the two sides discussed promoting tourism cooperation between the UK and Palestine.
Mrs Maa’yaa highlighted the unique features of the growing tourism sector in Palestine, which is based on rich history and culture. Palestine's nascent tourism is served a wide array of facilities, such as hotels, resorts, restaurants and means of transportation.
Outlining her ministerial strategy, she said it aims to develop an independent destination and a unique experience for foreign tourists, while safeguarding Palestinian heritage and culture.
One of the components of this strategy is the active participation in international tourism and holiday exhibitions and conferences, such as the World Trade Market for International tourism (WTM) in London in which Palestine's tourism sector will be present.
However, Mrs Maa’yaa noted, the Palestinian tourism development strategy is negatively impacted by the continuing Israeli policies of settlement construction, restrictions on movement and recurrent incursions into Palestinian cities and towns.
The two sides discussed bilateral cooperation with British tour operators and the organisation of visits by British journalists to Palestine to increase travel news reporting about tourism in Palestine.
For his part, the British Consul-General thanked Mrs Maa’yaa and said that he looks forward to seeing more work done in this area between the UK and Palestine.