Israel has backed a proposal to construct a tourist cable car project with four stations.
The Israeli cabinet has approved a proposal to invest ILS 200 million (€48 million) in the construction of a tourist cable car project to Jerusalem’s Old City.
The cable car is designed to be “a unique tourist attraction, from which tourists and visitors can look down on the city of Jerusalem and its unique sites,” Israel Travel News reports.
The project, which originated from Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, will be implemented by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
The planned route is 1,400 metres long and will run between the First Station compound in the German Colony, through the Mount of Olives to the Dung Gate at the Old City walls.
It will have four stations including Mount Zion and the Kedem Visitor Centre in the City of David. Most of the route will pass through publicly-owned land.
“The cable car project is a significant milestone in advancing Jerusalem and strengthening its status as a world tourism capital in order to significantly increase incoming tourism to the country and strengthen its economy,” the document outlining the government decision states.
“The cable car project will also strengthen and further expand the tourist nightlife in the city and help overcome accessibility issues for tourists seeking to visit the Old City. Cable cars of this nature already operate successfully in other cities around the world, attracting significant numbers of tourists.”
“Changing the face of Jerusalem”
The first phase of the project with a budget of ILS 15 million was approved a year ago. Now the government has supported the additional investment from the 2018-20 budget.
“The cable car project will change the face of Jerusalem, offering tourists and visitors easy and comfortable access to the Western Wall, and will serve as an outstanding tourism attraction in its own right,” Levin pledges.