Promoting tourism in the scattered Bedouin communities of Har Hanegev
This month a tourism training course for the scattered Bedouin communities in the Ovdat area was successfully completed. This is the second training course to be completed successfully by the Bedouin sector, and was attended by 16 educational tourism guides.
Ramat Hanegev Regional Council, in cooperation with tourist industry members and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, supported and promoted by the Lands Administration Authority, has been actively promoting tourism in the Bedouin communities.
Ethnic tourism is an important addition to the Ramat Hanegev region, a source of attracting tourists that provides employment and business cooperation opportunities to the Bedouin sector.
While in training, participants were exposed to nearby tourism sites, learned marketing methods, tour guiding methods, all aspects of running a tourism business, working with agents, suppliers, etc.
Training was conducted by Zafrir Shaham, a certified Ministry of Tourism advisor, who has rich experience in educational tourism, recreational tourism and producing larges events.
Classes took place in the participants’ guest tents, as the new guides practiced their guiding and hosting skills.
Visits at the guest tents include a peek into authentic Bedouin life and a tour of the traditional villages, exposure to their traditional ways of life, agriculture and traditional shepherding, and a warm and personal get-together with families of the scattered Bedouin communities.
We want to wish the new tourism industry members good luck, and hope for fruitful cooperation with the veterans.
You can visit and refer visitors to the tents of Salam Al Wadge 054-3510824 and Eid al Kashchar 057-7762166.
This is part of a range of “the tents route” tourism plan, promoted by the Council in cooperation with a wide forum of organizations, in order to preserve traditional ethnic tourism in the Har Hanegev (Negev mountains) region.