CONCURRENT SESSION 7B SPEAKERS
Perspectives on tourism and peace


Janos Damon, Executive Director, Israel Hotel Managers Association

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PRESENTATION TITLE: “Tourism4Peace Forum: challenges and opportunities"

“War is the enemy of tourism, but we can use war as a marketing tool." Despite the conflicts and wars in the Middle East, tourism is booming in this area. For countries like Egypt and Jordan tourism is an very important sector.

There are several reasons for tourist to visit the Middle East, such as: history, religion and recreation. Lots of people are already aware of this, but also lots are not visiting. This is caused by the negative image. There should be looked at ways to improve the image.

Cooperation between Middle Eastern countries is therefore needed. In this way tourism can be a catalyst for peace. It can bridge the divides. In the Middle East there are several divisions, when looking at the gains, which can be reached from tourism, these divisions might be overcome.

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Armin Gemmer, Islamic Tourism Magazine/Office Germany

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PRESENTATION TITLE: “Islamic tourism”

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Peter Singleton

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PRESENTATION TITLE: “Besides conflict – what else is going on in the Israel/Palestine context?”

CONCLUSIONS
• Historical land dispute perpetuated by segregation of communities in the area
• Conflict is multi- facetted, but can be moderated
• Projects and initiative do exist, but contribution limited
• Results and research suggests attitudes can change at a grass roots level
• Crucial area is the educational arena that can build on existing economic co-operation
• Progress can have positive effects on the other facets of conflict

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Omar Moufakkir

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PRESENTATION TITLE: “Tourism boycotting or tourism buycotting: winners-losers, losers-winners, losers, winners! What the fuss?”

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