On 29 September 2014, the official handover of documents for State of Palestine candidature for World Best Tourist Destination in 2015 has taken place.

President Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade had received the official papers from the Ambassador of State of Palestine.

Ambassador Fuad kokaly and President Anton Caragea

Opening the protocol meeting, Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea expressed his decision to accept from the 29 countries, whom officially announced their decision to put forward their candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014, the Ambassador of State of Palestine, in sign of appreciation for the long and common history between Europe, Romania and Palestine.

 bethlehem-world capital of culture and tourism 2015 candidate city

H.E. Ambassador Fouat Koucali presented the latest achievements in bilateral relations and hopes for building new bridges of cooperation between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Palestine. Ambassador of Palestine outlined his country candidature for World Best Tourist Destination in 2015 and for city of Bethlehem the files of candidature for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in 2015.

ECTT President Anton Caragea had accepted the candidatures.

After the acceptance of the candidatures the main issues tabled during the dialogue were related to: tourism cooperation, tourism promotion, religious tourism significance, economic cooperation, developing educational and university cooperation between the two entities, accepting more Palestinian students in European higher education system on the basis of independent financial contribution.

Professor Dr Anton Caragea had emphasized that Palestine candidature for World Best Tourist Destination is a step in the right direction, necessary for boosting the country image, increasing the influx of tourists and even if today the candidature  will be over shadowed by the tension in the region, the country will be in the future a powerful contender with holy sites like: Jordan, Nablus, Bethlehem and the jewel in the crown-sacred city of Jerusalem.

The parties appreciated that between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Palestine there are large areas of common interests, designed to forge a good understanding in the benefit of tourism promotion.

The open and fruitful dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of tourism, economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this cooperation on to the future.