Tag Archive for Tourism Ministry

Gov’t approves Jerusalem cable car to the Western Wall

The Israeli cabinet approves the cost of Jerusalem’s tourist cable car, at an expected cost of $56 million, with its 40 cars carrying 3,000 passengers an hour across 1.4 km beginning in 2021.

Arutz Sheva Staff


On Sunday, as Israelis marked the 51st Jerusalem Day, the Israeli cabinet approved the proposal of Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud), to invest NIS 200 million ($56 million) – to be distributed equally between the Tourism Ministry and the Finance Ministry – in the construction of the tourist cable car project to Jerusalem’s Old City. The project will be implemented by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Israel’s Prime Minister Personally Meets 3 Millionth Tourist for Tour in Jerusalem

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 »

Want a ‘Dream Vacation’ in Israel? – Just be the 3 millionth tourist to get it!

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 »

VIDEO: Israel’s Tourism is Booming with Amazing Plans for Even More

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 »

With ‘Operation Protective Edge’ behind us, tourism to Israel is breaking records


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.

Tel Aviv – Photo: Boris Kuznets

 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 »

NFL delegation to visit Israel next week for Israel Football League match


The delegation of 11 invited NFL football players will be touring around Israel later this month, but on February 18, will hold an open to the public, exhibition game with the Israel Football League.

By i24news


A delegation of NFL football players will visit Israel later this month, a press release from the Ministry of Tourism revealed Sunday.

The delegation of 11 players will arrive in Israel on Monday, February 13, for a week-long visit during which they will visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, as well as Christian holy sites in northern Israel, near the Dead Sea, and Masada. Continue Reading »

Israel launches tourism ad campaign for India TV


Israel’s Tourism Ministry invests $1.5 million in TV ad campaign to encourage tourism from India to the Holy Land, with a set goal of 100,000 visiting tourists by 2018.

By Anav Silverman/TPS

Israel’s Tourism Ministry is looking to break into the Asian market, with the launch of its first major TV advertising campaign in India to promote incoming tourism to Israel.

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According to the Tourism Ministry, India is one of the major emerging markets for incoming tourism to Israel.

“The experiential campaign that we have launched in India has been adapted to the particular characteristics and tastes of the Indian market,” elaborated Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, who noted that Israel is also engaged in significant marketing campaigns in China. Continue Reading »

The Chinese are coming, the Chinese are coming!


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 »

Israeli Druze engage in bustling businesses with local weekend tourists


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.

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Israel cultivates Russian tourists after airliner downing over Sinai & Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighterjet


Tourism Minister Yariv Levin mentioned how the “Russian tourists in Israel really feel at home and can ask, talk & receive information in Russian without any problem.”
• New campaign advertises historical tours alongside beach and leisure resorts.

The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


Israel is launching a campaign to attract Russian tourists, marketing the country as an alternative to Turkey and Egypt, Israeli tourism officials said Thursday.

The southern Israeli resort town of Eilat – Photo: Sasi Horseh

The campaign was prompted in part by the recent bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane that it claimed strayed into Turkish airspace. Continue Reading »

Israel offers week long vacations from the US for $1000


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 »