For kosher wineries in the Northern Hemisphere, mid-August through mid-October is the busiest and most stressful time of the year. The vineyards must be harvested, the grapes crushed, pressed and fermented, and this year all of this must be done on a rather tight schedule working around a month of three-day holidays. But while the winemakers may be groaning, the wine consumers should be smiling, since the run-up to Rosh HaShanah is when many kosher producers release their new wines.
Extension of Highway 6 into Galilee, daily El Al flights to Eilat stretch travel opportunities.
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Two new transportation developments are helping to lure foreign visitors to quality hotels and attractions — including uniquely Israeli epicurean sites — in what was once considered the outer limits of the Jewish state’s tourism industry: the extension of the Trans-Israel Highway (Highway No. 6) from the center of the country into the heart of northern Israel, and El Al’s recent introduction of daily flights from Ben-Gurion Airport to the southern Red Sea resort city of Eilat.
In the shadow of Israel’s big museums lie smaller, cozier spaces for the more experienced traveler.
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Tel Aviv — For the experienced tourist to Israel
looking for more to quench his cultural thirst than the typical visits to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (although with its recent multi-million dollar expansion the Israel Museum is certainly worth another visit), Tel Aviv and Jerusalem contain many smaller art spaces that offer a more intimate experience. Often, these collections are devoted primarily to a particular artist’s work or to a refined theme.
With a $100 million facelift, the prestigious cultural institution is likely to become a tourist draw.
While it was no slouch in its first incarnation, the
refurbished Israel Museum, which re-opened late last month after a three-year makeover, is now staking a claim to be considered one of the world’s best museums.
Since its July 26 re-launch, locals and tourists have flocked to the museum, which received a whopping 90,000 visitors during its first three weeks of operation. With the Jewish holidays fast approaching — peak season for Israeli tourism — museum officials are expecting an unprecedented number of visitors.
It is somewhat out of the ordinary for The New York Times Travel section to devote two feature articles to a single city within a three-month span. It is even more surprising that the pieces did not focus on a tourism capital like London, Paris or Rome, but instead on a city in the Middle East. Yet, it has happened — to Tel Aviv.
Rafi Baeri is vice president of marketing and sales at the Dan Hotels Corp., Israel’s largest luxury hotel chain. Billing itself as the “oldest and most prestigious” hotel chain in Israel, it owns and operates 13 hotels with 3,300 rooms in major cities throughout the country, including three in Jerusalem and two in Tel Aviv. The Jewish Week spoke to him recently about the tourism industry.
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