Let's talk about the national tourism industry, where does it stand and what is your institution's relationship with tourism professionals and entrepreneurs?
It is a country, (despite being subject to political tensions and conflicts), whose tourism destination has great potential. We have a very high cultural and educational level. We have excellent professionals in all fields.
I am very proud to be a pioneer in this area at Third World and regional level. The highest levels of education and culture in the third world, as I said. This facilitates high business qualifications to compete with anyone. Foreign direct investment amounts to a total of 3.116 billion Usd in December 2022, compared to 2.997 billion Usd at the same date of the previous year.
Let's talk about the digitalisation of the tourism industry. Do you think the national industry is ready to make the technological leap?
We are at an optimal moment, but subject to the problems of the Israeli occupation. Hopefully we can continue at this level, without forgetting that every time we manage to make progress, some unexpected event occurs, such as the recent attack on Jenin.
Tourism requires stability and security, both of which are a product of the Israeli occupation and constant attempt to usurp the cultural values of the Palestinian people. It is unfortunate that tourists are unable to access tourist attractions in Palestine easily and without fear. Both the private and public sectors remain vigilant in attracting more and more tourists.