Partners of PHTRC
Arab Hotel Association
The Arab Hotel Association (AHA) was established in Jerusalem in 1962 as a non profit organization representing the interests of Palestinian Hotels in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Today the Association serves its members and the tourism industry at large in a number ways namely, marketing and promotion, human resource development, lobbying and advocacy and much more. Currently the AHA represents around 80 hotels throughout Palestine and has offices in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Gaza.
In June of 2003, the AHA took the strategic decision to develop and raise the service level of the Palestinian tourism and hospitality workforce. This decision then materialized into establishing the Palestinian Tourism and Hospitality Resource Center.
Bethlehem University Institute of Hotel Management:
The Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism has been an integral part of Bethlehem University since the opening of the University in October 1973. The Institute clearly fulfills three of the principle goals of the University:
It provides the only higher educational training center for Palestinian youth interested in preparing themselves for the Hotel and Tourism Industry without going abroad.
It responds to an important local community need by providing professionally trained graduates to maintain and expand the hospitality industry, especially in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
It helps young people remain in their homeland by training them for careers with excellent employment opportunities.