Palestine is a significant center of pilgrimage to three monotheistic religions, with a rich cultural and historical heritage and natural attractions. The tourism industry is a significant contributor to the present Palestinian economy and will undoubtedly form the backbone for a thriving economy for the future Palestinian state.
The main aim of the Master in Tourism Studies is to provide a trained constituency equipped with a detailed knowledge and research skills on the interrelation between tourism, pilgrimage, and cultural industries, and the relation between these and economic and social development in general and in Palestine in particular. Particular attention will be given to the role of institutions in the sector. The course has been devised to be of particular relevance to developing and/or transitional economies that so much characterize economy in Palestine.