Emerging from the peak of the global pandemic, Israel is preparing to welcome back tourists. The first international guests are due to begin arriving from Greece on August 1st.
Israel Katz and Asaf Zamir, Israel ministers of finance and tourism, have announced a NIS300 million (£67 million) aid package for the domestic hotel sector.
Asaf Zamir has been appointed to the role of minister of tourism for Israel, succeeding Yariv Levin in the job. Among his achievements in his previous office, as of deputy mayor of the city, Zamir is considered instrumental in the re-branding of Tel Aviv.
The document seeks to identify relevant target audiences, envision the tourist attractions yet to be established in the city, assess the existing tourism complexes and plan the moves that must be initiated in order for the tourism industry to continue to flourish.
The Israel tourist office has announced 2019 saw a record number of arrivals to the destination from the UK. In total, some 235,400 Brits visited the Middle Eastern destination throughout the year, representing an increase of eight per cent from 2018.
Meininger hotel group has singed the paperwork for its first property in Israel. The hotel will be located in a 28-storey mixed-use building at 53, Levanda Street Tel Aviv and is expected to open in the second half of 2024.
The Israel government has announced there were 852,100 tourist entries to the country in September-October, up from 767,200 in the same period last year. The figures represented an increase of 11 per cent.
With the new Ramon International Airport opening in Eliat, Amir Halevi, director general at the Israel Ministry of Tourism, tells Breaking Travel News what it means to the hospitality sector in the country. Following the recent success of the ‘Two Cities: One Break’ campaign, he also tells Breaking Travel News what we can expect next year to keep the momentum up.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 405,000 tourist entries were recorded in September, 44 per cent more than during the same month last year.