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PIRT request the blessing and endorsement of the His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

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Code of conduct in the holy land

We believe that the Code of Conduct for Tourism in the Holy Land is a unique document as it shows ways for change from the outside and from the inside.

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the origin of PIRT


In June 2007, representatives of the following non-governmental organisations and institutions, the Holy Land Trust, Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, Alternative Tourism Group, Network for Christian Organisations in Bethlehem, Joint Advocacy Initiative, Jerusalem Inter-Church Center and Bethlehem University, gathered and launched a consultation process to identify issues and challenges created by tourism in the local context. Two months later, the group founded the Palestinian Initiative for Responsible Tourism (PIRT), an initiative open to all who are committed to transform tourism in Palestine to benefit the local communities, to enable encounters between tourists and host communities and to struggle for more justice in tourism to the Holy Land.


PIRT later expanded to include the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Holy Land Association for Incoming Tourism and the Arab Hotel Association. On 24th October 2007, the network organised a first workshop for local tourism stakeholders to discuss current issues and challenges and to work out tools for change. More than 80 participants attended the workshop and mandated the organisers to come up with a code of ethics for tourists and the local tourism industry.


Based on the recommendations from the workshop, the document “A Code of Conduct for Tourism in the Holy Land – A Palestinian Initiative” was developed and publicly launched in November 2008. This first document serves as a foundation for the future work of PIRT and its member organisations.



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