Who Said Only Adults Get To Have All The Fun?

04/05/2016 - 16:27


"Exploring’s Israel’s outdoor activities and beautiful nature is always a wonderful way to spend the day."


Israel Ministry of Tourism

Taking In Tel Aviv, As An ‘Insider’

A new level of luxe and ‘immersion,’ courtesy of the InterContinental chain.

Israel Correspondent
06/16/2015 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — If anyone needed proof that Tel Aviv is emerging as a world-class luxury destination, the InterContinental chain of hotels has provided it. 

The InterContinental Tel Aviv's Insider experience provides clients with customized tours. Michele Chabin/JW

Small Hotels, Big Returns

Niche or ‘concept tourism’ on the rise in Israel.

Israel Correspondent
06/16/2015 - 20:00

Israel, like other countries, has an abundance of hotels, and that can make it difficult for tourists to choose the property best suited to their needs. 

The Market House, a boutique hotel in Jaffa, was built atop the ruins of an eighth-century church. Michele Chabin/JW

When Israeli Brashness Goes Too Far

02/24/2015 - 19:00

Israelis don’t exactly have a reputation of being polite. But even in a country known for its rudeness, some things cross the line.

Tourism Going Well, But ‘Not Back To Normal’

01/05/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Uzi Landau, who has served as the Israeli minister of tourism since March 2013, has been in Israeli politics for almost three decades, since 1984. He started in 1984 and announced Dec. 28 that he plans to retire from politics. A former senior member of Likud and now a member of the nationalist Israel Beiteinu party, Landau, 71, has served as minister of public security, a member of the security cabinet, and a minister in the prime minister’s office overseeing Israeli intelligence, secret services and the U.S.-Israel strategic dialogue. The Jewish Week caught up with him after his recent trip to the United States. This is an edited transcript.

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau: Bookings “starting to pick up again” after Gaza war.

Israel Lowering Interest Rate Again As Economy Struggles Amid Gaza Op

08/25/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israel’s central bank is reducing its interest rate to an all-time low to counteract a foundering economy due in part to the Gaza military operation.

Hoteliers Happy To See October

September saw dip in foreign tourism but bookings now on the rise as winter season nears.
Special To The Jewish Week
10/21/2013 - 20:00

September wasa rough month for  tourism to Israel, as the early Jewish holiday season, the volatile shekel/dollar exchange range and Egypt’s political instability combined to trim profit margins of major Israeli hotels.

Last month saw a 16 percent drop in foreign tourism, compared to September 2012, according to a recent report from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The Rimonim Royal Dead Sea features a spa, above, and one of the region’s largest health clubs.

Negev Emerges From Tourism Wilderness

09/30/2013 - 20:00
Text By Steve Lipman

This month marks a minor anniversary in Israel — the “Lonely Planet” travel guide publisher a year ago placed Israel’s Negev desert second on its list of the world’s top 10 regional travel destinations for 2013.

“For decades the Negev was regarded as nothing but a desolate desert,” the guide stated. “But today, this region is a giant greenhouse of development. Think eco-villages, spa resorts and even wineries. In the next few years a new international airport at Timna is scheduled to open, followed by a high-speed railway to Eilat and more hotels.”

The Negev has become a top tourist destination. Getty Images

Checking Your E-Mule on a Donkey In Israel

Back in December 2004, I wrote about my technology experience at the Mamshit Camel Ranch, a Bedouin village in Israel. I explained how funny it was to be at a Bedouin village that appeared to be authentically rustic to the Birthright Israel participants I was chaperoning, but behind-the-scenes the place was equipped with the latest technology.

Tourists at Kfar Kedem in Israel will now have WiFi access while riding donkeys

Tourism’s Mixed Picture In ‘11

A near-record year for foreign travel was hurt by the Arab Spring and Europe’s debt woes.
Special To The Jewish Week
02/06/2012 - 19:00

First, the good news: The Israel Hotel Association reported that foreign tourism in 2011 nearly paralleled 2010’s record-breaking season, when close to 3.5 million visitors flocked to the Holy Land.

Now, the bad news: The Arab Spring and the ongoing economic turmoil in the Euro Zone continue to take their toll on travel to Israel.

Rimonim Galei Kinnereth Hotel’s Ben Gurion Suite, left. Below, Dan Tel Aviv Hotel’s Lobby Lounge.
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