fijet CONGRESS 2014
EUROAL 2014 in Torremolinos 3 to 6 June
More than 40 countries gathered at the ninth edition of the International Tourism, Arts and Culture ' EUROAL 2014 3 to 5 June at the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Torremolinos. Euroal edition 2014 focussed on Costa del sol , Andalucia and of the international tourism industry, both in the field of institutional, professional, marketing and global tour operating. The ninth edition of Euroal is itself a milestone in the history of tourism. The Palacio de Congresos in Torremolinos witnessed the commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the institution declared in the same enclosure (in 1979) by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) the ' World Tourism Day. The Mayor of torremolinos, the Director of the fair Luis Callejon Directo and many Tourism stake holders, as well as a delegation of the International Federation of Journalists and Travel writers (FIJET) attended the opening ceremony.Read more >>
Opening speech delivered by Taleb Rifai
Postonja cave receives Fijet award; Golden Apple
Postojna, 19.5.2014 Company Postojnska jama, the operator of famous Slovenian underground Postojna Cave on May 15received the Golden Apple Award, which has been presented by FIJET - World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers since 1970 for excellent achievements in tourism and preservation of important natural and historical heritage. During the spectacular ceremony in the Concert Hall of Postojna Cave the Slovenian opera singer Irena Predan and ensembleofhorn playerJoze Setnicar performed and it culminated whenthe statuette of Golden Apple was brought from under the cave ceiling to the platformby caver. Tijani Haddad, FIJET president and Saso Dravinec, vice president of FIJET Slovenia presented the award to Marjan Batagelj, the chairman of Postojna Cave management. The speakers at the ceremony were Tijani Haddad, FIJET president, MSc Marjan Hribar, director general of the Slovenian tourism and internationalisation directorate and Saso Dravinec, vicepresident of FIJET Slovenia. Numerous guests attended the ceremony, among themRead more >>
The President of the republic of Lebanon meets with Fijet President
Tijani Haddad, Fijet President, accompanied by a Fijet délégasion from several countries were received by the President of the Republic of Lebanon at Baabda Palace. The occasion was the attribution of Fijet award “the Golden Apple” to the city of Byblos. An exceptional ceremony was held at the UNESCO square under the auspices of hus Excellency Michel Pharaon, Minister of Tourism of Lebanon. The Golden Apple was handled to Mr. Ziad Haouat, President of the Municipality of Byblos. In addition, the Fijet delegation had the opportunity to visiting the cultural remains of the city, a legacy of six civilizations that succeeded on the land of Lebanon with a pleasant and perfectly organized program thanks to George Younes, President of Fijet Lebanese Association and the most active members of this association.
Photos from Byblos
Fijet delegation with the Presodent of Lebenon
Golden Apple ceremony in Byblos
Tijani Haddad handlling the Golden Apple to Mr. Ziad Haouat, President of Byblos Municipality in Pesence of his Excellency Michel Pharaon, Minister of Tourism of Lebenon
Byblos(Lebanon) a gift to world Heritage
FIJET Golden Apple Award to Byblos –Lebanon 5 to 9 May 2014
By Dr. Georges Younes
Lebanon the small land lying on the eastern Mediterranean shore, Develops eternal communication with the blue sky and horizon, throughout his reliefs, mountains, plains and air. Lebanon is predestined to embrace 8000 years of continuous and solid civilizations that sprouted an exceptional country with awesome values.
Lebanon is bordered by abrupt peaks of Mount Lebanon, Cedars in the north and Sannine above Beirut and Barouk above the shouf in the south, the Fertile Bekaa plain runs parallel to the coast and ends in the foothills of the Anti – Lebanon mountains at the limit of Syria
Frederic Ratzel stated “this region of the world has sustainable potent values all over the history”. This is the only country of 10452 sqKm, that encloses about 3100 touristic natural sites and disclosing more than 2000 Lebanese monuments and ruins in the museums.
The National museum holds more than 1326 archaeological relics, 5 items per 10 sqkm, and most were found in Byblos. Lebanon is considered the first country in terms of cultural, civilized and humanitarian patrimony.
The mild weather of Lebanon combined to a geostrategic location on the Mediterranean shore, influenced the main cities and continuously inhabited for more than 8000 years. Fedrico Mayor the UNESCO president wrote in “Archaeology International Magazine” about the Martyrs square in Beirut in 1995 as one of the biggest and unique civilized field of ruins in the world. “Le Monde” the French magazine placed Beirut discoveries under the title of the most important archaeological sites in the world owed to: the unearthing Canaanites wall dated back to the Bronze period, 6 meters deeper the Phoenician city defensive wall topped with the Persian bastion and the remnants of crusader palace.
In the east Precinct the ruins of Hellenistic Tower, ottoman cave, another one belongs to the Abbasids time, Mamluks remnants, Romanian Mosaic and Hellenistic tools.
All that Means that Beirut was occupied continuously since more than 5000 years, and witnessed a succession of different civilizations, besides the National Museum is the only Museum in the world that nestled the monuments of his own country.
Lebanon owed his cultural stature to the Phoenicians invention of the Alphabet Letters. During the first half of the 2nd century BC, appeared the alphabetic writing which is a standard set of letters based on decomposing the phonemes tones (basic significant sounds) into its simplest components and represent them by spelling letters, and to draw these limited tones in conventional intangible symbols. Ever since the Alphabet delivers the moral from the sensory and segregates between: the name and the named, the drawing and the one designed.
Byblos: a Unesco haritage
The origin of Byblos name is Phoenician Canaanite, called “KBN” in Egyptian in the Tell el- Amarna letters, and in the cuneiform text “Goubla” and “ Goubly” in Assyrian or ” Goubal” In Greek named “Byblos” for being the city through which the import of papers took place. The old Testament mentioned the name “Gebal” and its inhabitants “Gebaleiin “ , during the Crusades time was known “Gibelet”Finally the name is a composite of two syllabuses “Jb” means house and « El », the Supreme god of Byblos Pantheon which means the House of God. Byblos was reputed for the strong relation with Egypt, the construction of Phoenician ships built out of Cedars wood and the pottery production. Actually Close relationships were maintained with the Pharaonic dynasties right up until the New Kingd. Maritime trade was the city's primary source of income; merchants from Byblos traded asRead more >>