TOURISM POTENTIAL: (This image and below) Views of the Machtesh Ramon crater near the southern Israeli city of Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev deser


NEGEV IN ISRAEL OFFERS LUXURY CAMPING AND DESERT ACTIVITIES ISRAEL is promoting luxury camping trips, Bedouin hospitality and challenging outdoor ac­tivities like dune surfing as the country seeks to bolster tourism to its vast and largely undevel­oped Negev desert region. In addition, a new international airport is rising from the desert floor 18 kilometres (11 miles) from the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat and the neigh­bouring Jordanian port of Aqaba. Tourism in Israel is big business, bringing in $5.8 billion (£4.4bn) in 2017. Arrivals to the country of about eight million citi­zens hit a record 3.6 million last year,…