EU-funded CROSSDEV: 15 agreements signed to boost community-based tourism in Palestine

December 18, 2019
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As part of the activities of the EU-funded CROSSDEV project, the Palestinian partner Masar Ibrahim al Khalil(MIAK) organized three meetings on 3, 5 and 10 December in respectively Beit Awaa, South Hebron; Battir village; and Edna. Held at the local authorities’ buildings, the meetings focused on two main objectives: introducing communities’ actors and stakeholders to the notion of community-based tourism and presenting CROSSDEV’s objectives and planned activities.

Within the three meetings, MIAK has signed 15 agreements with the local authorities (7 Municipalities and 8 Local Councils) that will be concerned by the new segment of the Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil trail, which is a long-distance, cultural walking trail in Palestine. The route is 330 km long and extends from the village of Rumana (North-West of Jenin) to Beit Mirsim (South-West of Hebron). The trail passes through 53 cities and villages where hikers, walkers and travellers can experience the legendary Palestinian hospitality. The CROSSDEV project will work on a new segment of such trail, which will start from Beit Mirsim (South Hebron) and will end in Battir (West Bethlehem governances), for a total length of 50 Km.

The objective of the CROSSDEV project is to contribute to the economic and social development in Mediterranean. It is co-funded by the European Union through the ENI CBC MED Programme. CROSSDEV strengthens and enhances sustainable tourism practices, emphasizing common heritage and resources. Specifically, the project intends to increase touristic competitiveness and attractiveness of less-known destinations and rural/depressed areas, adopting the Cultural Routes concept in selected areas of 4 countries: Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.


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