The Fauzi Azar Inn is a 200-year-old Arab mansion turned guest house and is responsible for creating a unique eco-tourism initiative in the Arab city of Nazareth. Nazareth is a magical city in the northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee. The city provides an unforgettable experience consisting of many historical and religious sites, narrow pathways, warmth and abundance of wonderful middle eastern scents in the air. All the sounds, sights, smells and flavors in Nazareth promise an authentic Middle Eastern experience for local’s and tourist’s alike.
Since 2007 GoEco has maintained a successful partnership with the Fauzi Azar Inn. The Inn has recently been congratulated by Go-Eco on winning the prestigious Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in 2011 for the “Best Accommodation for Local Communities”. This award was given because of its mission to transform the Arab city of Nazareth through tourism and it’s promotion of communication across multicultural boundaries in the Middle East. Since it was first established, Fauzi Azar Inn has committed to promoting eco-tourism; this is reflected in that the Inn exists for the benefit of the city of Nazareth and its people.
GoEco is proud to have placed over 100 volunteers at the Fauzi Azar Inn over the last three years that have supported and benefited the program in a number of ways. GoEco volunteers account for 40% – 50% of the workforce for helping run the Inn and community projects. With volunteers’ vital assistance, the Inn has been able to receive over 10,000 visitors each year. Volunteers also help to promote the local community through participating and leading walks around the area.
Former British Prime minister Tony Blair paid a visit to the Inn in June 2011 to see the great work they have been accomplishing in the community. The Inn was voted as the Best Hostel in Israel in 2009 & 2010 by Hostel World. The Inn was also mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide (2007) as “one of the highlights of a stay in the northern district of Israel.’
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