Tourism: EU launched "Beautiful Palestine" in the West Bank

youth initiative to promote historic and touristic sites

07 November, 15:03

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    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS - The European Union and Journalists without Borders (JWB) have launched the youth initiative "Beautiful Palestine" in partnership with young Palestinian journalists and photographers in an effort to discover and promote different historic and touristic sites in the West Bank. In the course of November and December, Palestinian youth will carry out voluntary activities across locations in the Nablus, Bethlehem, Salfit, Tulkarem and Jericho governorates and report on their experiences in an effort to promote domestic tourism. Already at the beginning of November around 100 young Palestinian media students and young journalists visited the Old City of Nablus and joined youth from the local community to repair Qaryoun Square at the heart of the Old City. The group then had a guided tour through Old Nablus, where they visited the Al Badr soap factory - established 800 years ago - and visited one of the landmarks of the old city, the Turkish bath "hammam al-Shefa". "This initiative is unique as it combines youth voluntary work, media, and promotion of domestic tourism" said EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter. "We are looking forward to visiting the different locations and seeing how young people will document their experiences and find ways to encourage others to visit" he added. (ANSAmed)

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