Camel and desert.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A joint committee of the Negev and the Galilee Development Ministry and the
Tourism Ministry has formulated a NIS 40 million plan to finance tourism
infrastructure in the Negev and Galilee. On Tuesday, the ministries released a
list of 20 projects that will be included in the plan.
“Most of Israel’s
tourism activities and sites are located in the periphery, in the Negev and
Galilee, and therefore the Tourism Ministry invests many resources there to
develop the areas and turn them into places that attract both domestic and
incoming tourism,” said Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov.
investment this year will lead to an increase in demand for visits to
region, its sites and attractions, to the creation of new jobs, to a
unemployment and an increase in revenue for the economy,” he
“Developing tourism initiatives and strengthening infrastructure
represent an economic and social stimulus that generates additional
employment,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Negev and the Galilee
Minister Silvan Shalom.
“The objective is to uncover the hidden Galilee
and the tourism attractions in the Negev to as many visitors as possible
they will choose to take their family vacations in these areas. As a
the investment in tourism, we can also attract others to come and live
Negev and Galilee,” he said.
The plan features upgrades and
infrastructure development at dozens of tourism sites, as well as the
establishment of new initiatives and attractions.
In the Galilee, the
plan calls for the development of places like the Safed fortress,
Founders Park, She’ar Yashuv, Mevo’ot Hermon, Rosh Hanikra, and Hamat
In the Negev money will be invested in the Peace Path in Eilat, a
tourism village in Alumim, cycle paths on the Spice Route, strengthening
infrastructure and establishing a motor park in Hatzerim, a visitors’
Timna Park, and in promoting Beduin tourism.