Press Release | Palestine sees joining the International Council of Tourism Partners as a new spirit for their tourism industry – February 7, 2012
The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced today that the Palestine Ministry of Tourism&Antiquity has become a member of this alliance of destinations. The Chairman of ICTP, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Palestine as our latest destination to join the International Council of Tourism Partners. Palestine demonstrates its commitment to responsible tourism, green growth, and to peace. We’re looking forward to working alongside Palestine to partner with their region to contribute to green growth and streamlined travel to their region.”Palestine offers a unique travel experience that will leave visitors with memories that will last a lifetime. A visit to this region is safe, welcoming, and to put it best – simply remarkable. Palestine offers the ultimate pilgrimage, an archaeologist’s dream, a shopper’s paradise, and a culinary connoisseur’s delight where the Mediterranean diet is fresh, organic, and wholesome.

Dr. Khouloud Daibes, Palestine’s Minister of Tourism&Antiquities, said: “It is an important milestone for Palestine to join the International Council of Tourism Partners, and we are much honored to be recognized as a destination alliance member with equal membership as any other state member at ICTP. Palestine is awakening with a new spirit and an excitement to share the treasures of this most remarkable land and the spirit of the people. A visit to this region is safe, welcoming and memorable and offers the ultimate pilgrimage, an archaeologist’s dream, an explorer’s paradise, and a culinary delight. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities provides ample support and can supply complete information on destinations and events, civic and community foundations and cultural and heritage events.”

Palestine is a destination that provides cultural richness, a deeply compelling history, and legendary hospitality. Over the centuries, millions of people have come to visit this remarkable land. Please visit for a wide selection of information and imagery.


The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a new grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. The ICTP logo represents the strength in collaboration (the block) of many small communities (the lines) committed to sustainable oceans (blue) and land (green).

ICTP engages communities and their stakeholders to share quality and green opportunities including tools and resources, access to funding, education, and marketing support. ICTP advocates sustainable aviation growth, streamlined travel formalities, and fair coherent taxation.

ICTP supports the UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN World Tourism Organization’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and a range of programs that underpin them. The ICTP alliance is represented in Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA; Brussels, Belgium; Bali, Indonesia; and Victoria, Seychelles. ICTP membership is available to qualified destinations free of charge. Academy membership features a prestigious and selected group of destinations. Members of destinations currently include Anguilla, Grenada, Komodo, La Reunion, Johannesburg, Oman, Rwanda, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, and from the USA – Northshore, Oahu, HI; San Juan County, UT; and Richmond VA.

For more information, go to:

MEDIA CONTACTS: International Council of Tourism Partners, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Phone: +1-808-566-9900, Email: ; Palestine Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities, Phone: +972 2 2760098, Email:

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