Continuous violence and conflict has had an enormous adverse financial impact on the regional tourism industry. Both sides of the conflict suffer profound loss, not just in terms of life and human dignity, but in terms of economic and financial losses as well. During the intifada Israeli unemployment recently hit 11% and the rate in the territories has been as high as 30-60 %. Everyone is suffering. Pave the Way is trying to change the course of this negative effect, by encouraging special visits to the Holy Land, by Christian leaders. Some of these prelates have been charged with the pastoral care and diocesan responsibility of millions of the faithful Christians.
It is our beliefs that as economies improve the seeds of violence and radicalism will fail to take root. Pave the Way is working with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism to encourage these most important pilgrimages.
Partnering with Israeli government officials, Pave the Way has been successful in facilitating the removal of several protocol and procedural barriers that have long been problematic to the already decimated tourism industry.
Above, Pave the Way meets with Senior Deputy of the minister of Tourism to plan projects to increase and maintain tourists from Christian communities. Above meeting with the Armenian Archbishop Nourhan to discuss Armenian pilgrimages. We have worked to encourage Catholic and other Christian pilgrims to come to Israel.
Planning projects to benefit the tourism industry of Israel with Raphael Ben-Hur First Deputy General Minister of tourism in Israel.. The ministry of tourism is trying to encourage Christian tourist to stay longer in the Holy sites in Bethlehem, in order to help the local Palestinian population. This is an on going effort of both the Israeli and Palestinian ministries of tourism. More tourism means less violence.
May 2007, PTWF was asked to help the security personnel at Ben Gurion airport and to prepared a manual of information on addressing and dealing with religious leaders of every faith. The manual was prepared and the airport personnel were very grateful for this information.
Tourism from China and Asia
PTWF representatives from Asia, Pastor Paul Horng-Guang Yeh and Francy have led thousands of pilgrims from Asia to Israel and the Holy Land. This wonderful work benefits both Israelis and Palestinians.
- What we have been doing
- Airport Etiquette Manual
- Letter of thanks from the Ministry of tourism
- We helped to eliminate non-security travel restrictions
- PTWF-Work for Jews and Israel