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

It gives us Palestinians great happiness that you have decided to be in our midst. We especially note your...

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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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holy land incoming tour operators association (HLITOA)




The Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association was established as a private sector association in summer 2005, as a result of wide consultations and discussions among the tourism stakeholders in the private sector. It comprises nearly forty tour operators working in the incoming tourism sector. Therefore, it plays a major role in receiving tourists and directing them to other service providers in Palestine, and its members make an important contribution to the Palestinian economy.


The Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association has been established to respond to the growing need of cooperation among its members and of developing with a joint effort their business as well as the tourism industry in general. The Palestinian incoming tour operators have to face fierce competition from the Israeli tourism industry which is greatly supported and subsidised by the official institutions of the State of Israel. The Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association will also play a crucial role in supporting PIRT, as one of its member organisaitons, to push for more responsible business practices within the Palestinian tourism sector itself and for enabling the broader local community to get invioved in tourism activities.




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