City tourism head: Industry must continue "despite security concerns." Over seven years ago, when Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was first elected, he sought to maximize the potential of a city that “had it all, but had nothing,” to become an international tourist destination, drawing 10 million visitors a year. However, with just over 3 million tourists visiting Israel as of last year, that vision remains out of reach. At The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference on Wednesday, Ilanit Melchior, tourism director for the Jerusalem Development Authority, said Barkat’s vision, while challenging, is indeed viable. “Barkat knew the city had this potential of making it the most amazing, innovative international city, but for some reason, for many...Read more
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