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Gazans head to the beach

June 27, 2011 6:08 P.M. (Updated: June 30, 2011 5:45 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Tourism facilities and entertainment sites in the Gaza Strip are preparing to host and service people from all social classes in Gaza this summer.

The vice-chairman of the council of the Palestinian association of restaurants, hotels and tourism services in the Gaza Strip, Samit Skeik, pointed out that Gaza beaches are full of visitors due to the calm weather.

Going to the beach in the summer is an important tradition for Gazans. The Israeli siege and restrictions on movement leave Gazans with few options for entertainment; families spend time at the beach as it is one of few respites.

According to Skeik, this year’s summer differs from the ones in previous years due to the opening of tourist facilities and entertainment places that enhance the development of tourism.

Skeik said that investment in the field of tourism supports the Palestinian economy. Investors are putting their money into tourism projects which boosts economic development in Gaza.

He also spoke of the importance of the tourism sector and its role in addressing some of the economic problems. Because tourism largely depends on the human factor, tourist facilities rushed to employ large numbers of people, especially unemployed university graduates. This will eventually increase the income of those families, even if the opportunity is seasonal.

He called on the competent authorities of the government in Gaza to intensify its efforts to support the tourism sector and to support investment in tourism as well as to improve the appearance of beaches, especially hotels, restaurants and the shoreline.
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