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.
The Israel Tourist Office has launched a new campaign video showcasing the cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, which, with such different cultures and merely an hour apart, are easy to see in one trip.
More than 200 members of the UK hospitality industry have gathered at the Tower of London for an event organised by the Israel Tourist Board. The Regal Roadshow offered agents, operators and hoteliers a chance to network in the opulent surroundings of the famous landmark.
The Israel Ministry of Tourism has announced the launch of a new TV advert, which airs this week. The £2 million campaign, which includes TV, video on demand and online spend, was produced by LAPAM – Israel’s government advertising agency, with creative design from Allenby Concept House.
According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the country welcomed 3,611,800 million tourist entries in 2017, up by a quarter on the previous year, and 29 per cent on 2015. A total of 290,000 tourist entries were recorded in December 2017, about 17 per cent more than December 2016 and 47 per cent more than December 2015.
The Israel Government Tourist Office has appointed Sharon Bershadsky as the new director of the UK & Ireland following the end of Naama Oryan-Kaplan’s five year term.
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.