“North and south— You created them; Tavor and Chermon sing forth Your name.” Psalms 89:12 (The Israel Bible™)
A cable car is planned to run between Upper Nazareth and the lower slopes of Mount Tabor after the government approved NIS 1 million in funding for the project. No date has been set for commencement of work on the project which is part of the 65 kilometer Gospel Trail opened in 2011.
The Ministry of Tourism will allocate NIS 600,000 for the project, which the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee some NIS 400,000.
The cable car will connect historic sites in the area that lie within the municipal boundaries of Upper Nazareth and the lower slopes of Mount Tabor. This area is of significant tourist and religious interest and attracts millions of Christian tourists and pilgrims from around the world, as well as Israeli visitors.
According to the Incoming Tourism Survey of the Tourism Ministry, more than a million tourists, many of them pilgrims, visit Nazareth, the Lower Galilee and Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee. The area is rich in sites that are of special interest to Christian tourists. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, some 90,000 tourists stay in Nazareth every year for an average of three days.
“The cable car will enrich the tourist experience and help bring the large numbers of incoming tourists who visit Nazareth to also visit Upper Nazareth, thereby contributing to the local economy.” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.
“A tourist cable car in this area, running between Upper Nazareth and the lower slopes of Mount Tabor, will serve as a main tourism anchor and will help attract many tourists from Israel and around the world. The cable car will be a unique tourist attraction, offering passengers great vantage points over the unique sites and sights in the area, enriching the tourist experience and making the area more accessible.”
Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee Aryeh Deri said: “The Galilee in general and the Nazareth ridge in particular is an area in which rich history and ancient traditions are intertwined. The cable car is good news for the people of the Galilee and the area’s many visitors – tourists from Israel and overseas. The ministry will continue to work to facilitate such important tourism projects.”