Israel Travel

Hoteliers Want Government Tourism Push

Foreign tourism is up, but local owners are frustrated.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/20/2014 - 20:00

Despite a steady uptick in the numbers of foreign tourists visiting Israel during the first quarter of 2014, the Israel Hotel Association (IHA) has criticized the government for not allocating enough money to boost incoming tourism from the U.S. and beyond.

The outdoor pool at The Dan Tel Aviv. Courtesy of Dan Hotels

A Pilgrim’s Progress, Toward Tourism

Dutch-born TV producer left career behind to lead Christian visitors on tours of Old City walls.

Staff Writer
05/20/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — It’s a typical weekday morning at the Jaffa Gate, a de facto center of Israeli tourism. Outside the towering gate through the Old City walls, tourists and tour guides are gathering by 8:30 for scheduled excursions. Freelance guides, Jewish and Arab, approach stragglers and ask, “Do you need a guide?”

Bart Repko leads Christian pilgrims through the ramparts of the Old City walls.  Steve Lipman/JW

A Train With Southern Exposure

Negev tourism now an easy rail ride from the rest of Israel’s treasures.

05/20/2014 - 20:00

Past the Gaza Strip, toward the rocket-battered southern Israeli city of Sderot, a new rail line now connects isolated Negev communities to the larger Israeli population centers. Not surprisingly, the Sderot line also opens the gates to increased tourism in that region.

Kibbutz Dorot, about five miles east of Sderot. Jeffrey F. Barken

Tourism Among The Ruins

Israel’s archaeological legacy poised to lure a new generation of sophisticated travelers.

Travel Writer
05/20/2014 - 20:00

At a construction site near the coastal city of Ashkelon recently, workers dug up something most unusual: a 72-foot-high Byzantine temple.

Artist rendering of the new Schottenstein archaeology campus. Courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority

Israel Travel May 2014

Tourism Among The Ruins; A Train With Southern Exposure; A Pilgrim’s Progress; Toward Tourism

05/19/2014 - 20:00
Israel Travel May 2014


02/13/2014 - 19:00

NEW YORK – January 31, 2014 – In a unanimous decision, the Board of Directors voted to appoint David Maimon as the new President and CEO of EL AL Israel Airlines. Maimon will replace Elyezer Shkedy who requested to resign after four years as President and CEO of the airline. The Board decided to appoint a new President from within the ranks of the Company.

David Maimon


Plus In-Flight Tips to Keep Limber

02/13/2014 - 19:00

As the official airline of the 2014 Jerusalem International Marathon, EL AL Israel Airlines is offering special fares to thousands of people travelling from around the world who will participate.

Participants from the 2013 Jerusalem Marathon.  Photo credit: Israel Tourism

Hoteliers Gearing Up For Passover

Hopes that record 2013 tourism will continue into the spring.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/11/2014 - 19:00

On the eve of the competitive Passover vacation season, Israeli hoteliers are hoping that a strong tourism showing in 2013 — a record 3.5 million tourists visited the Jewish state last year — will continue into the spring.

When National Narratives And Tourism Collide

Not all tour guides are alike. A visitor, unknowingly, may choose one with a political or religious leaning.

Staff Writer
02/11/2014 - 19:00

Jerusalem — This is not     a tale of two cities. It’s two tales of one city. Actually, of a part of one city:

Fred Schlomka is founder of Green Olive Tours. Steve Lipman/JW
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