The Tourism Ministry hosted a tour on November 14, 2012 for dozens of ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions stationed in Israel to four UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Galilee: the Carmel Caves, Tel Megiddo ,the Bahá’í Gardens and the old city of Acco.
The tour was arranged in cooperation with the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel, headed by Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan, formerly Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO and Denmark. The ambassadors and diplomats, accompanied by their partners, visited the prehistoric caves at Nahal Maarot, Tel Megiddo, the old city of Acco and the Bahai Gardens in Haifa. Participants in the tour included diplomatic representatives from China, Japan, Egypt, Colombia, Slovakia, Nepal, Croatia, Chile, Belarus, Albania, Austria, Poland, Costa Rica, Kenya, Ghana, Peru and more.
The aim of the tour is to introduce senior members of the diplomatic corps in Israel to the area of the Galilee and, in particular, to the four UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area. The tour is part of a series of marketing and advocacy activities undertaken by the ministry with opinion-formers and journalists from around the world, and the members of the diplomatic corps based in Israel represent an important target group who will submit an authentic and important report to their individual countries.