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(photo credit:Eduardo Munoz / Reuters)
In a rousing endorsement for Israel’s capital, former US president Bill Clinton
said at a tourism summit Tuesday that if peace can be achieved in the Middle
East, Jerusalem could become the most visited destination on the
“If there is comprehensive peace in the Middle East, Jerusalem
might become the most visited place on Earth,” Clinton said at the World Travel
and Tourism Council Global Summit in Abu Dhabi, according to Travel
“People would want to see the center of Islam, Judaism and
Christianity – even people from Asia who were not a part of any of the three
According to the travel publication, Clinton highlighted
Montenegro as an example of a country that had virtually no tourism industry
when the Kosovo conflict came to an end, but he noted that once peace was
declared there, international tourism soared 650 percent within five
“Serbian tourism also increased more than 10-fold between 2002 and
2010,” he said.
Clinton also noted that Croatia’s tourism increased 50%
the year following the reintroduction of peace in Bosnia in 1995, rising an
additional 300% in the following decade.
“I spent a lot of time when I
was president trying to end wars, stop killing, make peace, promote
understanding,” he said. “What I have seen is that peace works better than
conflict and one of the best manifestations of that is travel and tourism.”
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