The national airlines of Jordan
and Turkey have withdrawn their sponsorship from the Jerusalem International Tourism Summit, following pressure by different groups in their countries.
The original poster of the conference, sponsored by the Tourism Ministry and Jerusalem Municipality, mentions some of the other important sponsors, including Royal Jordanian
and Turkish Airlines.
The poster caused an outrage in Jordan and Turkey after being published on tourism websites around the world, and the companies decided to withdraw their sponsorship and have their names removed from the poster. Each company had granted some NIS 30,000 (about $8,120) to the event.
Poster excluding Jordanian, Turkish airlines
The Tourism Ministry offered the following statement in response: "Turkish Airlines and Royal Jordanian, alongside other airlines, considered taking part in the Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit, but due to tight schedules at the time of the conference, the sponsorship was not executed. We hope to cooperate in the next conferences."
The conference, which will open at the Jerusalem International Convention Center on Tuesday, will present innovative technologies in the world of tourism and travel.
"Jerusalem is the leading city in innovative tourism and has broken records in the number of tourists from inside and outside the country," said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. "There is no other place more suitable to host key figures from the global tourism industry."