What is driving Palestine’s tourism boom?

Palestine topped the UN list for the fastest-growing tourism industry, a recent report by the UN World Tourism Organization revealed. According to the report, Palestine saw a 57.8 percent growth in the number of foreign tourists in the first half of 2017. The report said that if the amount of foreign tourists travelling to Palestine continues at a similar pace, the number of tourists to Palestine could reach 630,000 by the end of the year. Indeed, the streets of Bethlehem, Jerusalem or Ramallah are packed with tourists enjoying the weather, cheap accommodation, and discovering a new culture. “People tell me ‘welcome, welcome’ all the time, sometimes they even invite me inside their houses or they offer me coffee, it’s really amazing,” one young tourists from Poland told Palestine Monitor in Bethlehem. She said she keeps getting lost in the labyrinthine streets of the Old City, but shopkeepers always help her find her way around.
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