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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 »

United Airlines announce non-stop Tel Aviv-San Francisco flights


United Airlines’ 787-9 Dreamliner flights will depart Tel Aviv on Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays with return flights departing San Francisco on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.



It’s about to get a little easier to do business between Silicon Valley and the Start-up Nation.

United Airlines on Thursday announced that it will launch a non-stop flight between Tel Aviv and San Francisco.

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, February 15, 2015. – Photo: REUTERS

The three new flights will launch on April 1, just four months after American Airlines lays to rest its non-stop flight between Tel Aviv and Philadelphia.

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China to Begin 3 Flights a Week From Beijing to Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport


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 »

Four Argentines charged in attack on Israelis in Patagonia hostel

The Israeli tourists were terrorized and injured in  protracted anti-Semitic attack at their hostel in Argentina.



A federal judge in Argentina charged four people under an anti-discrimination law for a January attack on Israeli tourists.

Travelers walk along a trail in Argentina’s Patagonia region. – Photo: REUTERS

Guido Otranto accused four people on March 17 in connection with the attack that he said was motivated by “hatred against a religion and against one nationality.” Otranto fined each of the four approximately $5,700 and required they report to the court monthly until their trial. The judge also imposed restraining orders to protect the hostel where the Israelis were staying when they were attacked. Continue Reading »

National Geographic places Tel Aviv in top 10 seaside cities

National Geographic magazine reports, “There’s plenty of room for beach bathing in this modern Israeli city on the Mediterranean.”

By Dan Lavie, Ilan Gategno & Israel Hayom Staff


Tel Aviv has been named by the National Geographic magazine as one of the world’s top 10 oceanfront cities. Tel Aviv was joined on the list by Tallinn, Estonia; Saint John’s, Canada; San Diego, California; Marseille, France; Perth and Brisbane, Australia; Durban, South Africa; Vladivostok, Russia; and Portland, Maine.

The Tel Aviv beach – Photo: GettyImages

“There’s plenty of room for beach bathing in this modern Israeli city on the Mediterranean,” National Geographic said of Tel Aviv. Continue Reading »

10 Israeli tourists terrorized & injured in protracted anti-Semitic attack in Argentina


In a long, drawn-out attack lasting hours, that took place at a hostel that seeks Israeli tourists, the local residents shot guns and threw fire-bombs with impunity.

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China’s ‘5-Star’ Hainan Airlines to begin new Tel Aviv-Beijing route

China’s largest privately owned & managed airline, Hainan Airlines, submitted request with Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority to run 3 weekly direct flights between Beijing & Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport
• Flights scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

By Ilan Gattegno and Israel Hayom Staff


China’s Hainan Airlines has filed a request with Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority to operate three weekly direct flights between Beijing and Tel Aviv from September.

A Hainan Airlines Airbus 330 – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/Paul Spijkers

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Second Disaster in Nepal as 2 Israeli Women Killed in Bus Crash

Heavily overcrowded bus falls from cliff in second tragedy in the Himalayas this month, killing 11 – including 2 Israeli women.

By Tova Dvorin


A bus traveling from Kathmandu to Langtang has fallen off a cliff and into a ravine in the Himalayas, Nepalese sources told Arutz Sheva on Friday morning.

Nepal bus crash (file)

Nepal bus crash (file) – Reuters

The bus fell 150 meters (492 ft.) after coming off a narrow road in Belkot, Nuwakot district, about 75 kilometers (46 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, according to Kantipur Television.

Eleven people are reported to have been killed in the crash; 52 have been injured. Continue Reading »

Delegation of 11 American beauty pageant winners touring Israel


The American beauty queens are touring Israel for 5 days, meeting a wide range of Israelis.
• The 11 women, all of whom have extensive online followings, are sharing their positive impressions of Israel with the world.

By Barney Breen-Portnoy

During a five-day trip to Israel last week, a delegation of 11 beauty pageant winners from the U.S. got a taste of the real Israel — which is much different from the common image of Israel worldwide.

The delegation in Sderot – Photo Courtesy

“If Israel had a ‘cover’ title based on what the media portrays, it would be ‘danger,’ ‘warfare,’ ‘disagreement,’ ‘pain,’ ‘death,’ ‘conflict’ … and yet after just the first day I realized that this couldn’t be any further from the truth,” said Alicia Monique Blanco, Miss Arizona USA 2009.

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First Germany, now Dutch travel firm cancels its Israel trips

The cancellations in Holland have so far only affected only a few dozen passengers with flight tickets & vacation reservations.




Following its German sister company’s lead, the Dutch branch of Europe’s TUI travel giant has called off all tours of Israel due to the rocket fire there.

Eilat, Israel – Photo courtesy: Ester Inbar

TUI Nederland, which is Holland’s largest travel group, on Tuesday announced the cancellation of its tours and flights to Eilat, Israel’s southern port city and holiday destination, following a similar move over the weekend by the much larger German branch, which is Germany’s largest travel group and the operator of the TUIfly airline.

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Entry for Israeli tourists causes heated debate in Tunisia


Tunisia, which does not recognize Israel, but is desperate for tourism, questions permitting Israelis into the country for annual pilgrimage.

By i24news


Tunisians are embroiled in a heated debate over allowing Israeli tourists into the country, which does not recognize the Jewish state, before an annual pilgrimage that attracts Jews from around the world.

File picture shows an Israeli tourist taking a picture outside the synagogue of La Ghriba on the southern Tunisian island of Djerba on May 25, 2005 ( AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid )

Israeli tourist taking a picture outside the synagogue of La Ghriba on the southern Tunisian island of Djerba on May 25, 2005 – AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid

It is an open secret that Israelis have been visiting Tunisia for years on the quiet.

The dispute is not over Jews from third countries, who are openly welcome, just Israelis.

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Tunisian gov’t normalizes relations with Israel for Jewish tourism


The new Israel-Tunisia relations is aimed at bring more Jewish tourists to yearly pilgrimage to the El Ghriba Synagogue.



TUNIS – Mehdi Jomaa, the head of the Tunisian government, urged officials on Tuesday to avoid creating controversy on the coming normalization of relations with Israel.

Tunisian Tourist Minister Amel Karboul says that Jewish pilgrams are key to seeing profits from tourism. (Photo: AP)

Tunisian Tourist Minister Amel Karboul says that Jewish pilgrams are key to seeing profits from tourism. – Photo: AP

The decision was made with the intention to help boost tourism to the country by making it easier for Israeli Tunisian Jews to make the yearly pilgrimage to El Ghriba Synagogue on the island of Djerba where many visit during the May holiday of Lag BaOmer. Continue Reading »

10 Israeli backpackers injured as bus overturns in Argentina


10 Israeli backpacking tourists were injured in a road accident on Seven Lakes Route with one suffering a severe head injury. All were taken to local hospitals.

By Itay Blumenthal


A bus carrying Israeli backpackers overturned Thursday morning in the area of the Seven Lakes Route in Argentina. One of the Israelis suffered a severe head injury, and the nine others were in light condition.

Overturned bus in Argentina

Overturned bus in Argentina – Screenshot

The Foreign Ministry has been notified and representatives of the Israeli consulate in Buenos Aires were expected to arrive to the area within the next few hours to visit the hospitalized Israelis and check on their condition. Continue Reading »

Heads will Roll: Egyptian TV station investigated for promoting tourism to Israel



A television segment on the Israeli Arab town of Jisr az-Zarqa sparked demands for an investigation from Egyptians who strongly oppose advocating normalization with neighboring Israel.

By Roi Kais


While Egypt is desperately seeking to attract tourists amid the ongoing security crisis in the country, the Egyptian television surprisingly chose to promote tourism in Israel.

Israel Arab village of Jisr az-Zarqa - Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Israel Arab village of Jisr az-Zarqa – Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

One of Egypt’s state-owned television channels featured an article this week about the Arab-Israeli town of Jisr az-Zarqa, which is located near the coastal city of Haifa. The segment explained why the village would be a touristic hot-spot, noting the town’s magic, beauty, enchanting nature and friendly residents. Continue Reading »

US Rejection of Israeli Visa Requests at All-Time High

Israel’s Foreign Ministry criticizes the United States’ 80% rise in visa rejections as part of growing trend that is ‘politically’ motivated.

By Ari Yashar


US State Department figures from 2013 reveal a sharp 80% rise over the course of the year in Israeli visa requests that were rejected, continuing a trend of Israeli visa rejections over several years.

(Illustration) – Thinkstock

The figures, which were published Monday morning in Yediot Aharonot, show that last year about 125,000 Israelis requested tourist visas to the US, with 9.7% of them being refused. The previous year in 2012, that figure was at 5.4%. Continue Reading »