From March 20th-22nd, Jerusalem will host TBEX, the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, digital journalists and new media content creators, as well as travel brands and industry professionals. Held at the ICC Jerusalem International Convention Centre, TBEX will bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business.
The Israel Airports Authority management has announced that Terminal 1 at Ben Gurion International Airport will return to full activity by summer 2017. In light of the “Open Skies” agreement announced in 2013, the number of low cost flights into Israel has increased significantly, with many carriers departing from Terminal
Israel’s hotel pipeline remains strong and, buoyed by new laws facilitating hotel developments, investor interest is expected to grow further in the country, according to a new report from global hotel consultancy HVS. While the impact of continuing terrorist activity has resulted in fewer visitors travelling to Israel, those cities with strong corporate-driven business, such as Tel Aviv, have proven to be more resilient than mainly leisure-driven markets such as Jerusalem and the Dead Sea area, the report highlights.
The Israel Ministry of Tourism has launched a Virtual Tourist Office offering visitors a trove of information which they can access via email, Facebook and WhatsApp. Visitors to Israel can use the service to find out everything they need to know, from accommodation and transportation to events and festivals, prior to their trip and during their stay.
Long a student of Middle Eastern history, photographer and writer Phil Sharp here visits the holy sites of Israel. Although finding a destination troubled by generations of inter-religious strife, his travels reveal a land of dynamic beauty drawing on its diverse past to create a bright future.
The Gazelle Valley, a new urban park, has opened in the heart of Jerusalem, representing an innovative urban approach to open spaces located in the heart of the city, something that cannot be found anywhere else in Israel. Boasting five ponds, two flowing streams and a natural habitat for wild gazelles, the park is open seven days a week and was funded by the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Foundation.
It has been confirmed that the 21st International Mediterranean Tourism Market will return to Tel Aviv in 2015, taking place at the Israel Trade Fair and Convention Centre on the February 10th-11th under the auspices of the Israel Ministry of Tourism. IMTM is the official tourism exhibition for the Mediterranean travel trade market and an opportunity for travel and tourism professionals to meet with buyers, suppliers and consumers from across the globe.
Korean Air has announced that it will resume its service between Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Commencing September 13th, Korean Air will operate three flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) on the Incheon-Tel Aviv route, utilising a B777-200 aircraft.
The 28th annual Red Sea International Jazz Festival has attracted more than 10,000 visitors to watch top jazz artists perform and take part in jam sessions in Israel’s most popular tourism resort in Eilat. Despite continued political unrest in the region, this year’s festival took place from August 24th-27th 2014 and featured a performance by Kojo – the world’s youngest professional drummer at ten years old.
Tourism to Israel is on the increase, according to figures released this week by the Israel Ministry of Tourism. A record 3.54 million visitors entered Israel in 2013 and Naama Oryan-Kaplan, director of IGTO UK and Ireland expressed her delight in Israel’s rising popularity with incoming visitors.
The Carmel Caves in northern Israel have been added to the list of World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The caves have been added to the list for “providing a definitive chronological framework at key periods of human development”.
The Jerusalem International Tourism Summit, held at the ICC Jerusalem, has come to a close, having drawn industry leaders from Europe, the Far East, Australia and the United States. The JITS 2013, which took place for the 2nd time at the Jerusalem International Convention Centre, lasted two days and dealt with innovative technologies and trends in tourism and travel.