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|Title:||Trends of tourism in Bethlehem, Palestine:1994-2015|
|Abstract:||Within the Holy Land, Bethlehem is a must see destination. Bethlehem’s permanent and inherent desirability endows tourism-related businesses located there with a sustainable foundation for economic growth and a comparative advantage within the regional and global tourism markets. Th is study analyzes trends in Palestinian tourism and hospitality industries within the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank of the State of Palestine from 1994-2015. According to the research fi ndings from time series and index number methods, hospitality and tourism indicators in Bethlehem oscillated with changes in the local political and economic environment and shifts in the global economic climate. Th e recent elevation of the stature of the State of Palestine in the international community and its steps toward future full statehood could mark a new era for cooperation between Palestine and Israel, assuming increased international pressure to do so. Th e study’s fi ndings support policies advocating greater economic cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis as a means of promoting sustainable peace through economic liberalization of the Palestinian economy, beginning with tourism-related activities|
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