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Israel to employ European hotel rating system

Israel to employ European hotel rating system Eliat is a popular destination for tourists from across the region

The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee has confirmed hotels in Israel will adopt a European star rating system over the coming months.

Hotels will be rated according to 267 criteria, allowing consumers to make informed choices about where to stay.

Criteria will measure all facilities on offer, from the number of rooms, bars and pools, to amenities including lifts and restaurants.

Tourism minister Stas Misezhnikov said the model would apply to all hotels in the country, including those in the popular beach resort of Eilat.

UK operators have more recently used their own grading system in the resort, but this will be replaced by a country wide system.

The Israel Hotels Association has warned the move could push up prices.