The city of Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, is now preparing to celebrate the new form of Christmas celebrations for this year, which aim at attracting the world's sights into this holy city that is still suffering due to the Israeli occupation.
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The Abraham's Path tourism project was launched Wednesday in the Bedouin community of Arab Al Rashaida to develop the alternative tourism sector in Palestine, with the presence of Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Rola Ma'aya, and the Governors of Bethlehem, Abdul Fattah Hamayel, Hebron, Kamil Hmaid, and Jericho Majed Al-Fitiani, as well as representatives from French development agencies who have been involved in the project's planning.
Upon entering the museum for the first time, few visitors realize that the figures greeting them, telling the story of Palestinians throughout the past 400 years are, in fact, made of concrete and iron. The figures depict every detail of life over at least four centuries, in addition to paintings, drawings and artifacts, including old currencies and descriptions of significant people who lived during different periods, all of which reflect the various stages Palestinian history.
Palestinian ambassador to Italy, Mai Al Kalia, condemned Israel's attempt to enroll Palestinian sites in its tourist cities guide. Kalia told Palestine News Network (PNN) that this Israeli attempt will fail, stressing that she will bring the issue to special Italian entities, including the Italian tourist and foreign Ministers.
The Grand Park Hotel in Palestine participated in the international tourism exhibition that is held in Britain. This event is considered one of the biggest international tourism exhibitions, where giant tourist companies compete.
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The Bethlehem Icon Center launched a school to educate and revive the iconography in Palestine, seventy years after this type of art faded. Icons which are paintings that mostly depict religious images in the holy land, have become an integral part of the Christian heritage and culture.
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The Nativity Church in Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus and an important destination for millions of pilgrims, tourists and worshipers. When entering this important historical and religious site, tourists observe the wooden roof, the beautiful clerestory windows, which are covered with mosaics depicting the ancestors of Jesus and providing illumination for the church's interior.
Palestine News Network (PNN) celebrated on Monday, the launching of the new website Pal Experiment that aims at promoting tourism in Palestine.
Jacir InterContinental hotel in Bethlehem, a land mark in the Nativity City, celebrated its coronation as one of Palestine's "Five-Star" hotels. The celebration was held in Saraya hall in the hotel with the attendance of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Rula Maay'a, Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun, Advisor on Christian relations to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Ziad Al-Bandak, as well as Bethlehem area commander Brigadier General Suleiman Qandil, Director of Bethlehem Governorate, Mr. Fouad Salem, representatives for civil and official institutions and a group of Palestinian businessmen, in addition to the chairman of the Classification Committee, Ali Abu Srour.
Bethlehem-PNN/ Hassan Abdul Jawwad- A number of tour guide students organized a protest in front of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Bethlehem against the results of exams that were organized by the ministry recently. This protest resulted in a number of issues related to Academic curriculum being taught by universities and colleges in Bethlehem to teach and train tour guides.