Palestinians enjoy more expensive holidays than your average Kedahan or Sabahan
UPDATED: For more photos, see ‘Cuti-cuti Gaza‘.
An article in the July, 2010 issue of Palestinian newspaper Al-Safeer aliqtisadi reported on a statistical report released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics regarding domestic and outbound tourism the previous year.
The article said the bureau had conducted a specialized household survey with a sample of 7,772 Palestinian households.
The results of the survey indicated that 38.1% of households in the Palestinian Territory took domestic trips and 15.6% took outbound trips in 2009.
52.0% of the households that took trips visited Jordan; while 21.4% visited Saudi Arabia.
The Al-Safeer aliqtisadi newspaper is published in both Arabic and English, and we can see from the passages next quoted that their English is not quite perfect but really no worse than Sniveling Star.
“Survey results showed that 17.9% of households that conducted trips were aimed at leisure and recreation, 46.3% were to visit relatives and friends, and 35.8% were for work and official missions.
“The total expenditures of households in the Palestinian Territory on the outbound trips was about US$137 million of which US$26 million expend on entertainments tourism trips.
“The average expenditures on the outbound tourism trip by household in the Palestinian Territory was US$975.2 during the year of 2009.”
Hartal is musing: Converted into ringgit, that’s RM3,103 that a Palestinian household averagely spends on one holiday, folks.
Source: Al-Safeer aliqtisadi
It bills its self as an “independent Palestinian economic monthly newspaper” — the only one specializing in economic issues, and with “a unique style of economic reportage which will be of great value for public and private sectors as well as the international bodies active in Palestine.”