Påven är i Israel! Kristen turism är allt viktigare för Israel!

Påven besökte heliga platser under hans historiska besök i Israel 25-26 maj. Runt 60 procent av Israels nära tre och en halv miljoner turister är kristna. Av dem ser mer än hälften sig som pilgrimer och sin vistelse som en pilgrimsresa.


Some of the HOLY SITES visited by POPE FRANCIS during his visit: 

* MOUNT OF OLIVES, VIRI GALILAEI AND THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

* THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER AND THE VIA DOLOROSA

* MOUNT ZION AND THE ROOM OF THE CENACLE

* THE PONTIFICAL INSTITUTE NOTRE DAME OF JERUSALEM CENTER

* YAD VASHEM - the state of Israel´s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust

* MOUNT HERZEL - the state of Israel´s national cemetery

* HEICHAL SHLOMO - a landmark building in the heart of Jerusalem, serving as the spiritual and religious center for the Jewish people and the Chief Rabbinate.

* WESTERN WALL

* MAGDALA CENTER

Movie prepared for the visit of the Pope to Israel!

English: http://youtu.be/XoLd9dOuy9o



POPULAR CHRISTIAN SITES AND AREAS AMONG PILGRIMS

Of these almost 2 million Christian tourists, about a half were Catholic (49%); 20% were Protestants (the majority Evangelical ); 28% were Orthodox (mainly Russian Orthodox) and 7% were from other Christian denominations.

The most visited regions in Israel in 2013 by Christian pilgrims: also included Betlehem in the Palestinian National Authority (PA):

  • 90% of all Christian tourists visited Jerusalem
  • 89% visited Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee
  • 86% visited Nazareth
  • 85% visited the Dead Sea area
  • 83% visited Capernaum
  • 86% of pilgrims visited Bethlehem in PA.

The most visited sites in 2013 by Christian tourists include:

  • over 90% of all pilgrims: Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Via Dolorosa; Western Wall; Mount of Olives
  • over 80% of all pilgrims: Church of the Annunciation; Capernaum and Yardenit baptism site
  • over 60% of all pilgrims: Qumran and Caesarea
  • 86% of all pilgrims visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in PA.

Characteristics of Christian Tourism among pilgrims:

  • Average length of stay: 8 nights (average tourist 8.5 nights)
  • 83% visit within framework of an organized tour
  • 80% of pilgrims are first-time visitors
  • 20% of pilgrims are repeat visitors
  • 90% stayed in hotels, of whom 84% stayed in hotels of average standard on Half Board
  • Level of satisfaction 4.5 out of 5, higher than the average tourist in Israel (4.3)

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Erika Samuelsson
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Israeliska Statens Turistbyrå har som uppgift att marknadsföra Israel som destination i Norden och Baltikum samt att förmedla turistinformation till allmänheten i dessa länder. Israeliska Statens Turistbyrå  arbetar direkt under turistministeriet i Israel. Sammanlagt finns 18 turistbyråer runt om i världen som arbetar med att främja turismen till Israel.

Upplev det unika Israel – Besök Tel Aviv, Party- och Beachstaden vid Medelhavet som aldrig sover – Strosa runt i fascinerade Jerusalem med sina tre världsreligioner – Flyt på hälsosamma Döda havet – Simma med delfiner och snorkla i Röda havets korallrev vid Eilat – Gå i Jesus fotspår i Heliga landet – Vandra i Galiléen med sin häpnadsväckande natur.

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We welcome the Pope as a visitor of the highest importance, the most important religious leader Catholics around the world. We are greatly honored by his choice to visit Israel. We will continue to welcome the faithful with open arms, as they choose to visit Israel in the footsteps of the Pope.
Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau