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The Palestinian Destination portal visitPalestine.ps launches new tour products and Travel app at WTM 2016
VisitPalestine.ps’General Manager and Founder, Sami Khoury, will be on the Palestine booth (ME260) and is keen to meet with the travel industry and media to promote www.visitpalestine.ps which provides a seamless online booking engine for hotels and tours as well as comprehensive visitor guides for 12 key cities and destinations across Palestine. The multilingual mobile responsive travel guide will also be available as a smartphone app from December 2016.
Mr Khoury’s vision for visitPalestine.ps is to become the GO TO address for anyone thinking about visiting Palestine with a comprehensive and most up-to-date guide for Palestine, primarily for independent travel and business travellers but it will be useful to all visitors. “My strategy is simply: We go where you go, from planning to booking and while in Palestine touring through our online connectivity, mobile responsive multilingual site, active social media, booking engine, audio guides and soon to be launched smartphone app.” Said Khoury, “Offline visitPalestine.ps offers visitors information and assistance through its Center in Bethlehem which houses a tourist information office and boutique gift shop”, continued Khoury.
The visitPalestine.ps website is currently available in five languages with more to follow and has more than 40 different tours available including city day trips, hiking tours and other community based experiences across the West Bank. It features hundreds of sites and attractions with photos, maps, opening hours and other practical information. The latest feature to be added are Audio guides for most of the attractions aimed at enhancing our visitor’s experiences.
The Palestine Travel Guide app for smartphones (iphone and android) will contain the same information when launched in December. It will also be available offline to ensure visitors have help when it counts… while on the go. Subscribers signing up now will get notified of the launch and given free vouchers.
Mr Khoury is also Chairman of HLITOA (Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association) and the marketing Manager at Shepherds Tours & Travel and his mission is to showcase the diversity of Palestine religious, historic, cultural and natural
treasures and experiences. He is proud that visitPalestine.ps and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are working together to help Palestine refugees across the region by signing an agreement that sees 5% of sales profit from visitPalestine.ps’ gift shop in Bethlehem and 10% of sales profit from the online gift shop donated to UNRWA to support its educational programs.
Finally, Sami would also like to thank the sites main sponsor the Bank of Palestine for its continued support and partnership.
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Visit Palestine and UNRWA Sign Contribution Agreement in Support of Education for Palestine Refugees
On Thursday, 15 September, Visit Palestine and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) signed a contribution agreement that will see 5 per cent of sales profits from Visit Palestine’s gift shop in Bethlehem and 10 per cent of sales profits from Visit Palestine’s online gift shop donated to UNRWA in support of the Agency’s education programme.
“Supporting Palestinian refugees is our duty and we are proud of this new partnership with UNRWA and we hope our contributions will make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters,” said Sami Khoury, Founder and General Manager of Visit Palestine. “The future lies with the next generation and this is why we opted to directly support UNRWA education programmes.”
Visit Palestine is a tourism service provider based in Bethlehem that works to promote and support the local tourism industry in Palestine and offers travel information, tourism services and a gift shop offering products made in Palestine. This is the first agreement between Visit Palestine and UNRWA.
UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.
Open Bethlehem Project
OPEN BETHLEHEM’s vision is to see Bethlehem without the Israeli Wall stifling its population. We want Bethlehem to continue to be an open city, existing as a home to ancient and diverse communities and a beacon and model for the region. Our vision for Bethlehem is to see it as a thriving Palestinian centre with a prosperous spiritual, cultural and commercial life that is a source of pride to Palestinian culture and aspirations.
For more information about the Open Bethlehem Campaign and Movie, please visit www.openbethlehem.org.
As Visit Palestine, we are pleased to partner with and support “Open Bethlehem”. In addition to our online travel guide, we are ready to help you plan and organize your tour to Bethlehem and across Palestine.
Our office is located less than 200 meter from Manger Square. Our Tourist Information Office is ready to provide any assistance so feel free to stop by our center and enjoy our outdoor Boutique Gift Shop and Outdoor Cafe and Restaurant.
The Open Bethlehem Tour:
Together with Open Bethlehem, we are equally proud to put together the “Open Bethlehem Tour” . Our tour takes you off the beaten track as you explore Bethlehem from multiple dimensions. The tour includes walking tours inside Bethlehem’s old historic quarters including UNESCO protected Star Street and Church of Nativity. You will also experience Palestine’s outdoor landscapes as you hike in Battir and then enjoy a traditional meal at the community center. Other attractions include the Mar Saba Monastery, the Solomon’s Pools and the Village of Artas. The tour will also introduce you to the political and socioeconomic situation in Bethlehem. From stops along the Separation Wall to visits and meeting with locals at one of the refugee Camps, the tour will help you better understand the multilayered life of Palestinian in general and Bethlehemites in particular.
We currently have an image bank of over 5000 images from across Palestine. Below are samples of some images per city. Feel free to contact us (email@example.com ) for any special requests or high resolutions images for your articles.
In this section, you will find a selection of industry related news and reports. Please reference the authors / publication in any citation.
|www.travelpalestine.ps – The official site for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities which provides useful information on the main attractions and experiences available in Palestine.|
|www.holylandoperators.com – Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association (HLITOA) which represents nearly 50 certified Palestinian inbound Tour Operators the specialize in organizing trips across the region including Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Egypt.|
|www.nepto.ps – The Network of Experiential Palestinian Tour Operators (NEPTO). The site features profiles of over 20 independent non-profit organizations that work directly and indirectly in tourism and alternative tours and experiences across Palestine.|
|www.palestinehotels.com – The official website for the Arab Hotel Association which represents the majiroty of Palestinian operators hotels in Jerusalem and West bank. The site includes fact sheets and contact details for the members|
|www.enjoyjerusalem.com – Managed by the Jerusalem Tourism Cluster (JTC), this non-profit organization works to develop and promote tourism to East Jerusalem. The site features up to date information on sites, attractions and events across the city.|
|www.thisweekinpalestine.com – This Week in Palestine (TWiP) is a very popular and highly reputable monthly publication that covers a wide array on information and stories from Palestine. A must have for any visitor to Palestine.|
|www.paltrade.org – The official site for the Palestine Trade Center. The site provides useful business and economic information about Palestine and its leading economic sectors.|
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