Det spesielle gjestehuset blir drive i eit 200 år gamalt arabisk herskapshus.
Eg skreiv første gong om staden i notatet Nye opplevingar i Nasaret.
Nå har staden igjen fått positiv omtale, denne gong gjennom ein svensk/israelsk studie om kva betydning denne etableringa av har hatt i Nasaret.
Sustainable tourism is a buzz-word being thrown around throughout the world when it comes to talking about new developments in the tourism industry. But far away from the images of eco-resorts being developed in the Amazon, in the city of Nazareth in northern Israel, famous as the hometown of Jesus, one Inn has had an impact on the local community which has now been named as a model case for community based sustainable tourism development in a joint research paper published by Israeli and Swedish academics.
The Fauzi Azar Inn, which was founded in 2005 by a Jewish tourism entrepreneur and a local Arab family, in Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city, was groundbreaking in the levels of cooperation between communities it created. However, the impact has gone far beyond just that. The Inn is set in the center of Nazareth’s Old City, an area which, at the time of opening had no tourist accommodation despite the city’s global reputation and its location just minutes from major Christian sites such as the Basilica of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well.
The opening of the Fauzi Azar Inn, in an Ottoman Mansion which was previously derelict and a breeding ground for drug dealers, first brought a trickle of tourists into the city. Over time, that trickle turned into a stream, and could now be described as a river. In fact, the flow of tourists into Nazareth’s Old City is so strong that alongside the FauziAzar are now five new guesthouses, fully owned and operated by local Nazarethites with the full support of the founder of the Fauzi Azar, Maoz Inon.
Nå er Inger og eg sjølve eksempel på at det har skjedd noko med reiselivet i Nasaret. Fram til i fjor hadde me aldri sove i byen, bare vore innom på korte stopp for å sjå Bodskapskyrkja og Nazareth Village. I fjor sommar (2012) overnatta me to netter på Fauzi Azar Inn før vandringa på Jesus trail. Etter dette har eg kome tilbake til Nasaret fleire gonger, nå også for å overnatta. Det foreløpig siste opphaldet i byen var i haustferien, då Inger og eg var reiseleiarar for ei gruppe av venner og venners venner på pilegrimsvandring på Jesus trail.
Sjå gjestehuset si heimeside her.
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