The development of the Gospel Trail is part of a wider economic and tourism plan promoted by the Ministry of Tourism, which hopes to attract more tourists and travelers to the Galilee region and turn it into a bustling tourism center. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the Gospel Trail is expected to significantly increase the number of pilgrims and tourists in the area, and attract new businesses and entrepreneurs who will provide services to those visiting and travelling along the trail.
As part of marketing efforts to position Israel as the Holy Land with Jerusalem at its center, the Ministry of Tourism has established the Religious Tourism Desk dedicated to promoting faith-based tourism to Israel. A special Youtube channel has been launched in order to give potential tourists a virtual tour of what Israel has to offer. The site is available in a number of languages and has already attracted thousands of viewers.
Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov: "Christian tourism is both significant and central to the incoming tourism industry in Israel. The Gospel Trail enhances the spiritual experience for every tourist and traveler in Israel, and especially for the Christian community. It is a real honor to invite the entire Christian world to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to walk in the same places where he walked."
Friday, 2 December 2011
Ministry of Tourism launches the Gospel Trail