July 10, 2009

Dead Sea competes in 7 Wonders of World

The Dead Sea has reached the next stage in the international competition grading the Seven Wonders of the World, Israeli tourism officials said.

Israel's candidacy for the competition was made possible after the Tourist Ministries of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed agreements supporting the move, the officials said.

Hoping the lowest place on earth will be declared one of the competition's winners, Minister Stas Misezhnikov has planned a promotion encouraging tourism to area, the officials said.

Results of the next round in the competition are to be announced on July 22, the officials said, adding the ministry will allow voting to take place on its Web site.

Other contenders for the title include the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands, Niagara Falls, Kilimanjaro, the Black Forest and the Maldives Islands.