J´lem leads Mideast in New 7 Wonders competition (JERUSALEM POST) By MELANIE LIDMAN 03/18/12)
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In the New7Wonders: Cities competition, which aims to highlight the
seven wonders of cities around the world, Jerusalem is currently the
top-ranked city in the Middle East. Tel Aviv is ranked third, and
Bethlehem and Jericho, listed in Palestine, both made the top ten.
Tehran is ranked number 12.
Starting in January, more than 1,200 cities in 220 countries were
nominated for the competition. Last week, the campaign whittled down
the entries to a little over 300. The numbers will be further pared
in November and December, and the winners of the New7Wonders: Cities
will be announced in December 2013.
Israel mounted an intense campaign to be awarded one of the coveted
New7Wonders of Nature for the Dead Sea in November, but lost in the
final stage of voting.
The New7Wonders competition is an effective avenue for advertising,
Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov said following the Dead Sea
campaign. "Though we did not win the title, thanks to the impressive
campaign led by the Ministry of Tourism over the last two years,
hundreds of millions of people worldwide have now been exposed to the
Dead Sea and Israel" (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/18/12)
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