Israel Says Shalom to Ecotourism
Israel, which has been waging a widespread campaign to get Americans to travel there, has jumped on the ecotourism bandwagon by transforming the 2,000-acre Hiriya garbage dump on the outskirts of Tel Aviv into what’s now called Ayalon Park, a recreational green space with trees, gardens, hiking trails – and a 75-acre recycling center. Though that’s the largest ecotourism project in the country’s history, the nation has a few others in the works: $6 million worth of new bicycling routes, including the 750-mile Israel Bike Trail, as well as improvements to hiking trails such as the Lower Galilee region’s 580-mile Israel National Trail.
-- Avital Binshtock
Photo: Sunrise on Masada