A distinguished Saudi cultural researcher & scholar of Jewish texts accepted an invitation by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to visit Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Remarking on how local Israeli Jews welcomed him warmly when learning who he was, the Saudi guest proclaimed, “I love the Jewish people and all citizens of Israel!”
By Israel Today Staff
Relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia have improved significantly in recent years. Earlier this year, the visit of a Saudi Arabian blogger made big headlines, especially after local Arabs attacked him on the Temple Mount for normalizing relations with the Jewish state.
The Israeli resort town of Eilat hopes the opening of the $500 million Ramon International Airport, scheduled to become operational in October, will attract a million foreign visitors a year of the annual capacity of 2.5 million passengers it can handle.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Once almost lost to international tourism, the Israeli resort of Eilat hopes a new airport will attract a million foreign visitors a year by 2025, with eastern Europeans especially offering growth for the winter holiday season.
International tourist arrivals in Israel hit a record 3.6 million last year, pumping $5.5 billion into the economy. Continue Reading »
In Photos: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu surprised the 3,000,000th tourist to Israel, Ioana Isac, along with her partner Mihai Georgescu, in Jerusalem at the Tower of David Museum for a personally guided tour. – Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, who surprised the couple at the airport, accompanied them on the tour.
By Yossi Aloni
Israel has had a record year for tourism. And on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed his appreciation by surprising tourist number 3 million to arrive in 2017 with a personal welcome to the Jewish state.
Ioana Isac, 31, and her partner, Mihai Georgescu, suspected nothing as they arrived at Ben Gurion Airport from their native Romania. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Tourism Minister Yariv Levin is planning to greet the lucky tourist at Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport in a campaign intended to market Israeli tourism industry worldwide. Minister Levin, ‘Our efforts this year have brought $4.8 billion to Israel’s economy.’
By Ilan Gattegno
On Tuesday, the 3 millionth tourist to land in Israel this year is scheduled to arrive, marking an all-time record high for incoming tourism. The lucky visitor will be given a special prize package to celebrate the event and promote tourism to Israel.
Photos of the tourist’s upgraded vacation will be used to market Israeli tourism as part of a campaign to attract workers to Israel’s tourism industry. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Israel is once again reporting record numbers of tourists, and with that, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism is promoting a video for the Dead Sea, showing why it’s like no other place on earth.
By Israel Today Staff
Israel logged record levels of incoming tourism during the first half of 2017.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin stated:
“The June tourism statistics bring us to record levels for incoming tourism in the first six months of the year. Our policy continues to prove itself and to bear fruit, and we can see that the right marketing strategy can bring Israel to new heights.” Continue Reading »
In May of this year, foreign tourists entering Israel hit an all-time monthly high, and 2017 is projected to be a record-breaking year for vacationing tourists.
By Ilan Gattegno
Three years after incoming tourist numbers slumped following Operation Protective Edge in July-August 2014, tourism to Israel has fully recovered and will hit an all-time high this year, according to the Tourism Ministry. The rise was attributed to the introduction of the open skies policy and massive marketing efforts by the ministry.
Israel previously reached its highest tourism figures before the 2014 military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, but when that began and rocket fire pummeled southern Israel and reached as far as the Sharon region northeast of Tel Aviv, incoming tourism dropped sharply. Continue Reading »
Record number of foreign tourists visited Israel in November 2016, generating more than 1.5 billion shekels ($390 million)in revenues for the month.
By Ilan Gattegno
Some 970,000 tourists stayed at least one night in Israel in November, an increase of about 38% compared to November 2015, the Israel Hotel Association said in a statement Monday.
Hotels along the North Beach, Eilat – Photo: Henrik Sendelbach/Wikimedia Commons
The number of tourists who stayed overnight in November this year was also 23% higher than in the equivalent period in 2014, which followed Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, and on par with November 2013. Continue Reading »
With Israel seeing a 112% rise in tourism from China, governmental ministries & tourists organizations adapt to accommodate the significant influx.
By Danny Sadeh, Itamar Eichner
There was a 112 percent increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel last month, while the overall number of visitors from China since the beginning of the year rose 53 percent compared to last year.
According to the Tourism Ministry, some 6,400 Chinese tourists arrived in Israel in July 2016, compared to some 3,000 in July 2015. Since the beginning of the year, 38,832 Chinese visited the Holy Land, compared to some 25,000 between January and July 2015. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Druze communities, supported by the Tourism Ministry, are appealing to the Israeli weekend tourist, largely with their traditional cuisine, in an industry where the women have a huge influence.
By Linda Gradstein, The Media Line
Hurfeish, Israel — Ibtisam Fares hunched next to a small outdoor oven, making fresh pita bread topped with spreads of za’atar, fresh red pepper, and meat. She brought them to an outdoor table already covered with local delicacies including humus, stuffed grape leaves, and an array of fresh salads, chopped just moments before. A jug of lemonade with fresh mint stands waited for thirsty visitors.
The visit by Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II, who went to Jerusalem for the funeral of the Holy Land’s Coptic Archbishop Abraham, was taken as a sign that the late Coptic Pope Shenouda III’s travel-ban was rescinded.
Thousands of Egyptian Copts flocked to Jerusalem this year in celebration of Palm Sunday.
The current Copts Pope, Theodoros II – Photo EPA
According to Egyptian media, at least 5,700 Coptic Orthodox Christians have travelled to Jerusalem so far this year, an increase of more than a thousand compared to the Coptic pilgrims who undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Jerusalem in 2015. Continue Reading »
Chief Evans explains, “Those of us from First Nations communities can appreciate the fascinating balance between modern & ancient that we see in Israel, & especially the sense of connection to the land of one’s ancestors.”
By Raphael Poch
Ron Evans aboriginal Chief and leader of the Norway House Cree Nation which hails from Northern Manitoba, believes that by exposing First Nations (aboriginal) youth to Israeli entrepreneurship it can help motivate them and enable them to succeed and achieve more in their own lives.
That’s why Evans is running a First Nations’ youth trip for members of his community to come to Israel and see how Israeli entrepreneurs operate. Continue Reading »
Due to the current wave of Palestinian terror, Israel teams up with Groupon offering Americans a week-long vacation in Israel during months of January & February 2016, starting at $990 – including flights, hotel, meals & tours.
By Danny Sadeh
As Israel experiences a further slowdown in incoming tourism following the recent wave of terror, the Tourism Ministry is launching a unique collaboration with the global Groupon company which it hopes will bring thousands of tourists to the country.
The deal, which is being marketed to some 30 million households in the United States starting Tuesday, offers a vacation in Israel for $990-1,400 – including flights, seven nights in a hotel, meals, tours and more. Continue Reading »
Israel’s ambassador convinced Hainan Airlines, China’s largest private airline, that the Israel-China flights will translate into financial gains from the increase in Chinese/Israeli tourism.
By Itamar Eichner
Hainan Airlines, the largest private flight company in China, announced Friday morning the establishment of its first direct flights to and from Israel.
The announcement came after a long string of meetings between embassy officials including Israel’s Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai who convinced the airline’s president of the financial benefits of having flights between the two countries.
Hainan Airlines – Photo: Shutterstock
The flights are due to begin on April 28 and will take place three times a week on Sundays Tuesdays and Thursdays, the days El Al doesn’t fly to Beijing.Continue Reading »
A Dubai-based Internet company on Thursday announced that it would offer services in Israel, an unusual move given that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have no formal diplomatic or economic relations.
Dubai from Burj Khalifa – Photo: REUTERS
The company, travelauto.com, is an online marketplace for car rentals, allowing users to select from a variety of local car rentals through their web portal. Though the company will not be opening an office in Israel, it sent representatives to Israel to vet the local rental providers and sign deals with them. Continue Reading »
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