vendredi 12 février 2010

2.6 millions de touristes en Palestine

ça c'est du "camp de concentration"...

Reportage d'Al-arabiya:
For your next getaway, you might consider this: four nights and five days in sunny "Palestine: land of miracles."

It's a tough sell for a place that has become synonymous with Middle East violence, for a country not yet a country which does not even control all of its territory, let alone its major tourist attractions.

And yet the figures are up for the third year running. Palestinian tourism ministry records show that some 2.6 million tourists visited the Israeli-occupied West Bank in 2009.

Of those, more than 1.7 million were foreigners, just 1.2 percent fewer than in 2008 -- a veritable miracle in itself at a time when the global economic slump has sent tourism plunging 10 percent across the rest of the region.

The fact that the Palestinian territories are part of the Holy Land accounts for a large part of the success.

Bethlehem, home to the Church of the Nativity built on what tradition holds to be the birthplace of Jesus, is the prime attraction. More than 80 percent of all tourists who come to the Palestinian territories visit Bethlehem.


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