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With German support: Tourism Recovery Taskforce to Launch New Protocols and Standards in June


New globally aligned operating protocols are aimed at bolstering trust and confidence in Palestine’s tourism safety standards

Bethlehem, Palestine - June 18 2020: Under the auspices and presence of H.E. Rula Maayah, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), and Christian Clages, Head of the German Representative Office, the Tourism Recovery Taskforce, has commenced its duties. The Task force was established by the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities on May 24. Today it signed a MoU aiming at developing new standards and protocols for Palestine’s post-COVID-19 tourism sector.

The German cooperation is supporting the Task Force as a part of #TeamEurope. The contract was signed with the GIZ, Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP). It aims to develop and communicate new standards and protocols for the Palestinian tourism industry that will bolster tourist and tour operator confidence in the sector. A marketing and communications campaign will be rolled out upon completion to publicize the standards and protocols to all stakeholders.

„Restoring the confidence of travelers in Palestine as a safe and responsible destination is paramount to restoring the growth of our tourism sector in the post-COVID-19 reality,“ said H.E. Rula Maayah. „The new standards and protocols will be in sync with global standards as well as the standards being developed and adopted by regional partners like Jordan and Egypt“, she added.

„This is not only about support to mitigating the economic effects of the crisis on tourism.“, said Christian Clages. „We all wish tourists to return and enjoy the hospitality of the Palestinians even in difficult circumstances, and we wish pilgrims to pray again at the sites from where their beliefs originate.“

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