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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 Code of Conduct




The Code of Conduct aims to support the development of a just and responsible tourism for Palestine.


To work towards this goal, the Code calls on tourism stakeholders to:

  • promote responsible travelling in Palestine, in order to enable local people to benefit socially, culturally and economically from tourism.
  • affirm local culture, identity and heritage.
  • conserve the environment and promote sustainable use of resources.


and on tourists to:

  • travel with an inclusive, comprehensive and open-minded attitude in the Holy Land.
  • be open to political, historical, economic and cultural issues in Palestine.
  • be inspired by the tourism experience to promote peace and mobilize against injustice.


Why a Code of Conduct?


This Code of Conduct serves as :

  • a tool to explain and address current challenges in Holy Land tourism
  • a voice of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian tourism sector
  • a future vision for tourism in the context of Palestine, the Holy Land and the Middle East

Responsible and just forms of tourism offer communities opportunities to share their cultures, tell their stories, request solidarity and foster tolerance and greater understanding. This is the principle that has shaped this Code of Conduct which has been developed to inform pilgrims and tourists of the reality of Palestine and Palestinians and to seek their support in using tourism to transform contemporary injustices. At the same time, the Code aims to raise awareness amongst Palestinian tourism stakeholders of how tourism in Palestine can be transformed and enhanced to truly benefit both hosts and visitors.


Read the document


“A Code of Conduct for Tourism in the Holy Land – A Palestinian Initiative”: The Code of Conduct contains five different parts. You can download the entire document or read the parts one by one. It contains:

  • An Introduction
  • The Context of Palestine
  • The Code of Conduct for Travellers to the Holy Land
    • Preparation: Tourists are encouraged to choose a balanced and inclusive itinerary and are invited to get first hand information from local contacts about safety issues, but also questions regarding culture and customs.
    • The trip: The Code points out that the attitude, behaviour, use of resources of tourists and how/where they spend their money have an impact on the local communities. By seeking to make this impact positive, by taking time for human encounters and by making sure that their contributions reach the local economy, tourists can opt for a tourism experience that is beneficial for both tourists and hosts.
    • Returning home: The third part discusses the importance of sharing the tourism experience with friends, family or the wider community after the tourist returned home. By sharing the stories of the people they met, tourists contribute to a deeper understanding of the situation in Palestine and to peace building. The tourist is invited to reflect on what he learned on his trip and to take action where he sees a need.
  • The Code of Conduct for the Palestinian Tourism Sector
    • The second part of the recommendations addresses the Palestinian tourism sector, covering six themes: (1) the behaviour towards tourists, (2) the responsibility towards local communities, (3) human and cultural exchanges, (4) how to improve the Palestinian tourism offer and itineraries, (5) the responsibility towards the environment, and (6) responsible business practices in the tourism industry.
  • An invitation to tell us your feedback



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