'Challenges facing tourism in Bethlehem post-Covid' will be a topic of discussion at the Bethlehem Cultural Festival, which is being held until December 7. The discussion will take place on December 7 from 5pm Doha time (6pm in Palestine and 7pm in the UK), and will run for approximately one hour.
The session features a discussion and Q&A with Michel Awad (Alternative Tourism), Sami Khoury (Visit Palestine), Hani Abu Dayyeh (NET Tours), Rula Rizik and Mark Khano (Guiding Star Tours), according to information available on the festival's website.
Bethlehem Cultural Festival is the first of its kind – a celebration of Bethlehem in Palestine. It is being held digitally this year, featuring a virtual celebration of Bethlehem’s rich and diverse cultural scene through music, film, dance, cookery and panel discussions. The famous town in Palestine will be presenting events through pre-recorded performances, short films and live discussions. Renowned Bethlehem theatres, arts and cultural centres and individuals along with up and coming young artists and film makers will have a platform to showcase their work.
Abu Dayyeh, a participant of the above-mentioned discussion, is the president of NET Tours. He has represented Palestine internationally and negotiated on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, including the Paris Agreement on Tourism and Transport.
Awad is a cofounder of Siraj Centre where he works as executive director. He is also a member of the Palestinian Task force recovery for post-Covid-19 and a member of the Palestinian tourism ministry consultant council.
Khoury has been working in the Palestinian tourism scene for over 20 years. He has held multiple positions at various companies and organisations where has served and worked with industry stakeholders from across the tourism value chain. Khano has worked in and owned tour companies in Jerusalem and Jordan for the last 35 years. Rizik has held different managerial positions in various organisations, between Ramallah and Bethlehem.