TAJ Board Members


Raed Saadeh:
Mr. Saadeh is the Owner and General Manager of the Jerusalem Hotel; a boutique hotel for which he introduced the concept and did the design. Mr. Saadeh is the Board Chairman of Tourism & Arts Cluster (TAJ ) and  Vice President of the Arab (Palestinian) Hotel Association. He is founder and board member of the Palestinian Art Court, a Board Member of the Mamal foundation of contemporary art, a Board Member of Sunbula Organization for Fair Trade, the Founder and Chairman of the Rozana Association for Rural Tourism Development, and the Founder and Former President of Yabous Productions for Performing Arts. Mr. Saadeh's current efforts are focused on developing the concept of an East Jerusalem Tourism Cluster intended to maximize the economic returns and benefits of the local community.

Toni Khashram :
 Aeolus Tours Managing Director, Aeolus Tours is a leading multi-service Receptive Tour Operator/DMC company based in Jerusalem in the Holy Land, as well as the General Sales Agent for Alitalia (the Italian Airlines). We are also member and on the board of the Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association – HLITOA, the FTA (Faith Travel Association), and the ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association). Furthermore, Aeolus Tours is a recognized tour operator conducting tours on the Abraham Path. We specialize in incoming tourism to the Holy Land, providing services in a very personal approach. We are certified Travel Experts by the Ministry of Tourism. Our staff has over 30 years of travel management experience in handling tourists and pilgrims coming to the area yet the company was officially established in 2001. We offer customized travel programs built around our clients requests and special requirements, we also offer visits from regular Christian pilgrimages to fact finding missions, dual narrative tours, cultural, adventure and luxury tourism. Our focus is always on.

Latifeh Wakileh:
owner and manager of Nativity Tours Jerusalem, a company established in 1992. Nativity Tours is a family company, which is widely respected due to the high quality travel services it provides. Specialized in the Italian, Indian and Spanish market. Furthermore, as of late Latifeh portfolio has expanded to the British Muslim Market. 


Sami Khoury:
is the co-founder and General Manager of Alternative Business Solutions (www.abs.ps), a Ramallah based Marketing & Communications Company. He has over 12 years’ experience in marketing, business development and Destination Management. He has held various positions and advisory roles. Between 2007-2009, Sami was an active member on the Joint Tourism Committee (Negotiations Support Unit). He also served as personal advisor to former Minister of Tourism & Antiquities, Dr. Khouloud Daibes, for three years. In 2012, he acted as Palestine's Technical Expert at the Arab League's Strategic Tourism Committee. Currently Sami is Board Chairman of the Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association (HLITOA) and a Board Member of the Hotel and Lodging Institute as a Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT).

Kareem Abdul Hadi :
is the General Manager/ Owner Rep of Jerusalem Tourism Investment Company( Saint George Hotel) , General Manager of Jerusalem investment & Development Co. (PADICO TOURISM) , A Branch of JEDICO  which is the Biggest Tourism investment Company in Palestine, it has. Portfolio of a number of hotels (Intercontinental Bethlehem, Landmark Jerusalem, Mövenpick Ramallah, Mashtal Gaza) besides hotels JEDICO also invests and Manage a number of projects in the Hospitality sector.


Rasem Zaatarah:
Founder and owner of lions gate agency, Located and established in East Jerusalem since 2010, with experience of 18 years in Travel and Tourism in Inbound, Outbound and Ticketing. Lions Gate is your guide to an unforgettable holiday experience in the Holy Land and beyond. The Holy land offers an exciting mix of history, culture, ancient ruins, religious landmarks, and beautiful landscapes. Lions Gate offers tourist understanding services coupled with expert guides, a blend that caters to any tourist needs. Lions Gate Travel and Tours is your Gate way to the Holy Land and beyond.

Shakeeb Hussine :
A Hospitality professional with 29 years of experience with Marriott International, Travel & Aviation Management, Hotel Management, Licensed Travel Expert , Sales & Marketing Expert and Food & Beverage Expert , Restaurant’s concept, design & menu development , Management Consultant & Infrastructure development Hotel’s FF&E/OSE international consolidator & resource guidance. Financial Proficiency in Hotel Management.


Ghassan Abdeen :
An owner and founder of wonder heritage in 1984 , that specialized on protecting and producing Palestinian embroidery , Wonder heritage works with 500 Palestinian women all around the country to produce embroidery unique pieces , in coordination with best designers in Palestine , the company markets its products internationally and locally , Ghassan has a very beautiful shop in the old city , Alkhanqa street that sells beautiful handmade pieces and antiques rugs .7


Azmi Al Ayoubi :
An owner of AlAyoubi company for souvenirs and gifts , specialized in selling mother of pearl unique pieces , along with Syrian arabesque and wooden pieces , Azmi has a 20 years’ experience in handicrafts field , very active in the old city market , Azmi has a very beautiful shop with three floors in the old city .


Dahood Manarios


Samer Nuseibeh:
samer was born in Jerusalem. He is the Vice president of Mohammed Zaki Nuseibeh and Sons Group dividing his time between the hospitality as well as the commercial and construction development part of the business. He was the Project Manager for the first large commercial shopping mall, office and hotel complex in the heart of East Jerusalem – the Addar Mall .Prior to that he worked at various international development consultancies in the UK and the Gulf before returning to Jerusalem in 2009.He Graduated from University college London in 2000 with a BSc Honors in Engineering and Project Management and obtained his Master’s degree in Construction Economics and Management in the year 2003 from the same university. Samer has initiated several important public initiatives in Jerusalem including the first Ramadan shopping festival, private sector football league and career guidance program for 10th and 11th grade school pupils. He also chairs or on the board of several Palestinian institutions