Local Workshop, Dar Al- Kalima University College of Arts and Culture

Local Workshop, Dar Al- Kalima University College of Arts and Culture

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Date: Wednesday 22nd October, 2014;

Place: Dar Al- Kalima University College of Arts and Culture;

Description: The Palestinian Partner “Dar Al- Kalima University College of Arts and Culture” organized a local workshop last 22nd October.

Background and planned objectives

The objective of this local workshop as has been planned by FOP project is to present the project to the target population (inhabitants of historical centres) and to involve as different stakeholders and partners in implementing the project’s activities, in addition to attract people to training activities that are planned.  Throughout this introductory workshop, the  Territorial Report is to be presented to the participants in order to share a common “vision” of tourism in HC with stakeholders. Moreover, in such workshop there was round table discussion on specific themes, to promote a shared plan among local actors, with an integration and orientation of the project at local level.

Area of focus

a.The principles of Sustainable tourism in Historic centers

Background information on tourism in the historic centers was a point of argument in this introductory session. The different pillars of sustainable tourism in the historic centers – according to ENPI project- were raised. The session also highlighted the following:

  • Tourism trends in the Old Core of Bethlehem.
  • Tourism Supply in the Historic Center in Bethlehem
  • Impact of the tourism system in Bethlehem’s Historic Centre.

b.Introducing the project

The work shop was primarily intended to introduce the project with its different activities to the targeted groups mentioned beforehand. Therefore, throughout this session, the following topics were elaborated:

  • Role of ENPI and the different partners to the project
  • Mission and objectives of the project
  • The targeted area
  • Local and Transitional actions of the project
  • Main Project Action Outline.

c.Presentation of Territorial Report

The territorial report together with the cultural attraction sites of Bethlehem’s Historic Center were presented to the participants in which the following were point of dialogue

  • Tourism attractiveness sites in the Historic Center
  • Tourism system and its socio-economic impact of Bethlehem’s Historic Center
  • Tourism trends (evolution of national and international demand)
  • Negative effects of tourism development (environmental, cultural, social and economic).

 

d.Weaknesses and strength of Historic Centers

A special session of the workshop was dedicated to highlight the weaknesses and strength of tourism in the historic center of Bethlehem with the purpose to underline the different risk factors that intervene with sustainability of tourism in such an area and ways to mitigate these risk factors. This had also been followed by showing a brief SWOT analysis of the mentioned area of study. Furthermore, the second part of this session was dedicated to highlight tourism Governance and Policies throughout presenting various recommendations that tackle this issue gathered from previous work.

e.The scattered hotel

As one of the main outcomes of the project is initiating a scattered hotel in Bethlehem and Alexandria, the participants were introduced to the concept of the new accommodation system inside the historic center; it’s meaningful, concept, and potential of bringing economic incentives to the locals while revitalizing the cultural values of the old core in Bethlehem. Afterward the participants- especially the local communities presented- were asked to give their opinion about such idea with its pros and cons.

f.Cultural itineraries in the Historic centers

Throughout out the course of the workshop and while discussing the second part of the strategic analysis, ideas of cultural and natural trails that encompasses through the historic center of Bethlehem were proposed as potential itineraries to attract more tourists to the historic center and encourage tourism to certain sites of high touristic values. It appeared that some representatives from key organizations had already planned and developed trails inside the old city that passes through charismatic sites and ends towards the Nativity Church ( See Annex for an example of a trail in the old center of Bethlehem) . Most of the discussion throughout this session was based on how to develop these trails and adapt them to the project. Other organizations are doing alternative tourism (cultural, political, religious  … etc), which can be integrated in the project theme and activities.

 

g.Trainings and capacity Building

Throughout the workshop, a presentation was made to the participants on the different trainings and workshops that the project has throughout the period of implementation. Training for territorial promoters that will be implemented this year was also a key aspect, where participants were asked to register for this training once they were interested to engage in this  project.

h.Round Table Discussion

At the end of the workshop, key stakeholders were invited to a round table discussion in order to discuss ways to engage the different parties in the project and means of collaboration. Furthermore, a discussion were made in order to highlight some of the difficulties and obstacles for developing the project together with planning tasks and responsibilities to organizations who wish to partner with Dar Al-Kalima in implementing the project in Bethlehem and to be part of the Euro- Mediterranean Network.

Methodology

  1. Sharing knowledge: Open discussion
  2. Presentations
  3. Round table Discussion with Key Stakeholders

 

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