Technological innovation are focused on at In’l tourism summit in Jerusalem


PM Benjamin Netanyahu to attend summit where Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson is to receive a special award for efforts in changing the face of tourism around the world.
Summit to showcase the latest groundbreaking trends in the tourism world.

By Ilan Gattegno

The 2013 Jerusalem Innovative Tourism Summit, a two-day international conference on innovation in the field of tourism, will begin on Tuesday at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center.

Tourism bigwigs will gather at the Jerusalem’s Int’l Convention Center, pictured here, to discuss the future of tourism – Photo: Lior Mizrahi

The summit is one of the most important events in the tourism field and it will showcase the latest groundbreaking technologies and trends in the tourism world.

The summit will be attended by leading local and international figures in the tourism industry, including Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson, urban economist and theorist Richard Florida, Israeli-American architect Michael Arad, most famous for designing the World Trade Center memorial, TripAdviser Vice President Alison Copus, and more.

Additional notable guests will be Waze co-founder and President Uri Levine, South Korean Tourism Agency Director Charm Lee and Dr. Dirk Glaesser, the acting director of the World Tourism Organization.

Adelson is expected to receive a special award for his efforts to change the face of tourism around the world.

The summit was jointly initiated by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority, in collaboration with Hebrew University and the International Convention Center.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will also be attending the conference.

The summit will focus on urban tourism and new technological innovations while cultivating a professional dialogue on trends and challenges that have shaped the tourism industry around the world.

Key figures in the tourism industry, entrepreneurs and investors will discuss various topics that impact the industry as a whole and urban tourism in particular. The panels will highlight new technological trends, tourism apps and advances that impact the industry, even tangentially. The event will leverage Israel as a start-up nation, and Jerusalem as a leader of technology.

“Incorporating innovation into the tourism industry is an important factor in advancing tourism all over the world,” said Landau.

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