Etihad Airways will launch a daily scheduled year-round flight to Tel Aviv, the economic and technological centre of Israel, following normalisation of diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates.
Etihad has become the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Israel. The service will bring top travel and tourism leaders from Israel to the United Arab Emirates.
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.