Israel: Practical Information


Hebrew and Arabic are Israel’s two official languages, but it is rare to find an Israeli who isn’t bi-lingual (at least). The country is a melting pot, with citizens hailing from nearly every single country on the face of the earth - many of whom speak the language of their parents. In addition, English is a required subject in the majority of the country’s compulsory education institutions, through the end of secondary school, with most students starting to study English before the age of 10.


Money and Customs Matters

The Israeli currency is the New Shekel (NIS). It comes in 20, 50, 100 and 200 shekel notes. One shekel is divided into 100 agoroth, and coins come in 5, 10 and 50 agoroth denominations, as well as one shekel, five shekel and 10 shekel pieces.

Money can be exchanged in just about any bank in Israel. All are open mornings, Sunday-Thursday, from 8:15 or 8:30am. Afternoon hours vary. Many are closed on Friday, and all on Saturday and most Jewish holidays.

Quite a number of banks in Israel’s major cities have automatic tellers that change foreign currency money into Israeli money 24 hours a day.

Companies specializing in money changing are plentiful in the country. Each maintains its own business hours, so check.


Whether native or foreigner, anyone bringing electrical appliances valued at more than $200 into Israel, must go through the red channel at customs. This is true of everything from laptop computers to video camcorders. (Regular cameras are just about the only exception). This rule also applies to diving equipment. At the customs desk at Ben Gurion Airport, the tourist will fill out a form recording the items he or she is “importing” and will be asked to leave a credit card imprint filled in with the sum of the customs duty for the goods in question (in lieu of a cash deposit). This form will not be cashed, but will be cancelled when the tourist leaves the country and shows the customs authorities that whatever was brought into the country is being re-exported. At Ouvda Airport, for travelers to Eilat, the procedure is the same, but instead of the credit card, customs authorities will be satisfied with a signed declaration that the tourist will be leaving the country with the “imported” goods. Upon departure, he or she will be required to show that this is the case.

Adult visitors to Israel may import, duty free, 250 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco products, two liters of wine and one liter of spirits, plus 250 mg. of perfume.  Please note that animals, plants, firearms, fresh meat and raw materials may not be brought into Israel, unless a permit has been obtained in advance.


Climate & Clothing

When packing for a trip to Israel, be sure to take the country’s climate into consideration.

Some other practical clothing tips: a practical head covering and sunglasses for touring under the sun. Sensible shoes would be another worthwhile idea. Modest clothing and often a head covering for visiting the holy places, too; shorts and sleeveless dresses just won’t do. For men, unless you’re coming on business, it’s doubtful you’ll ever need to wear a jacket and tie.

Don’t worry that you’ll overlook something. In recent years Israel has gained a reputation as one of the world’s fastest-developing fashion centers. Clothing is marketed in European sizes and any item of dress you may need - or just want - is sure to be available at a decent price.


Driving in Israel

All drivers from abroad are required to be in possession of a valid local or international driver’s license. Driving in Israel is on the right and sign posting is in Hebrew and in English in most places, and in keeping with international standards.

Speed limits on Israeli roads are: 90-110 km per hour on inter-urban highways; 80 km per hour on other inter-urban roads; 50 km per hour in built-up areas. Seat belts are mandatory at all times for both driver and passengers, front and back; children under the age of 14 are forbidden to ride in the front seat.

During the winter months, headlights are compulsory on all inter-city roads, even during daylight hours.

Gas stations in Israel, especially those in the major cities, remain open most of the time. Nevertheless, for religious reasons some do close early on Fridays and do not open on Saturdays and Jewish holidays, so it is wise to check this information in advance. At night and on holidays a small gasoline surcharge is added to the bill at most petrol stations.


To and From the Airport

Most travelers to Israel will arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, just off the highway connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. For those not being met and who are not interested in taking a taxi, there is regular bus service - direct or connecting - between Ben Gurion and the rest of Israel and regular train service too, though the frequency of this service is less than what is available to and from European airports.

For trips to the airport, a number of companies provide door-to-door service 24-hours a day, either on a taxi basis or as a shared ride (from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv).



In Israel’s major cities shops are usually open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday; some, especially small neighborhood shops, still close for an afternoon siesta from 1 (or 2) until 4 in the afternoon. On Fridays shops usually close between 2:00 -3:30 pm, and most places of business in Jewish areas do not open on Saturdays.

A large number of modern shopping malls have springing up throughout the country in recent years, with business hours that are even more flexible.


Post Office

Most post offices open at 8:00 am Sunday through Friday and remain open until 12:30 or 1:30 in the afternoon, depending on the day. Afternoon hours vary; some branches are open from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm. The larger branches of the country’s post office system offer the possibility of foreign currency exchange.



Opening hours vary from museum to museum. Some are open on Saturdays.


Credit Cards

Most shops, restaurants and hotels accept credit cards. The most common are Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, Diners Club and American Express.



Today, the Value Added Tax in Israel stands at 15.5 %. Unless otherwise stated the amount listed on all bills is inclusive of VAT (although non-Israelis paying in foreign currency are exempt from VAT payment at hotels, on flights, organized tours and car rentals with or without chauffeur).

Tourists using foreign currency when purchasing more than $50 worth of goods at Israeli shops listed by the Ministry of Tourism are entitled to a 5% discount at the shop and a VAT refund at Ben Gurion Airport upon departure. In order to obtain the refund, it is necessary to place the (unused) goods purchased and the receipt in a sealed, transparent bag and present this to the bank official in the departures hall. He or she will break the seal, verify the contents and refund the VAT in U.S. dollars to the nearest dollar (less the bank commission). At other ports of departure, Israeli customs officials will handle the matter and the refund will be mailed to the tourist’s home address.


Time Difference

Israel two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time the greater part of the year, although during the switch between regular time and daylight savings time, there may be some variations.



Tipping is fairly standard in Israel, though at a current norm of 10 percent the accepted rate is still fairly low. A service charge may or may not be listed on your restaurant bill. When it is not included, a tip is expected, and at better-quality establishments, 12-15 percent is now considered more appropriate.



According to law, all taxis in Israel must be equipped with a meter, which must be operated for all local rides. Passengers are entitled to a printed meter receipt. The meter can be operated according to three distinct fare rates: including a telephone surcharge; the regular fare; a surcharge imposed for Saturdays, holidays and at night (between 9:00pm and 5:30 am). There is a surcharge for luggage as well. Inter-city fares are determined by an official price list which the driver must show upon request. In Israel it is not customary to tip in taxis.


Electric Current

In Israel, electricity is mostly 220 volts, 50 cycles though in major hotel rooms there is usually a built-in 110-volt electric razor transformer. Most sockets in Israel are three pronged, but different from that used in Europe or the U. K., and the tourist bringing electrical appliances to Israel would be well advised to bring an adapter from home.


Jewish Religious Customs

Except for East Jerusalem, Haifa and Nazareth, public transportation doesn’t operate on the Jewish Sabbath - from sundown on Friday night until Saturday night. The same is true on Jewish holidays - from sundown until sundown. However, except for one day of the year (Yom Kippur) private transportation does operate, in the form of taxis and (in some major areas) jitney taxis (“sherut” service).

Just about every major hotel in Israel operates under rabbinical supervision, which means that only kosher food prepared according to Jewish dietary regulations, is available. Among other restrictions, pork and shellfish products are not available and meat and dairy products are not combined in a single meal - and most often, in a single dining room.

Outside the hotels, there are many fine restaurants in Israel serving both kosher and non-kosher meals, and in the major cities there are restaurants which remain open on Saturday.

In Arab centers of population, shops, restaurants and cafes remain open on Saturdays and nearly all Jewish holidays.


Phone Service

Public telephones take phone cards or coins, depending on type. Most, however, take Israeli telephone cards, available in a number of denominations, and can also be used with international telephone cards. Israeli cards are easily available from any post office and at various shops.

International calls can be made from phone card telephones, or from special telephone company offices in Israel’s major cities. Major telephone companies have toll-free Israeli phone numbers. Telephone books are available in English as well as in Hebrew.

As a result of competition and deregulation, Israel’s international phone rates are among the lowest in the Western world. Information on specific rates is available by dialing “188.”

Reversed charge (collect) phone calls can be made from any public telephone. Dial “188” for the international operator.

Of course, telephone calls to just about anywhere in the world can be made from any of Israel’s hotels, but in keeping with international practices, calling from a hotel room phone may be fairly costly. However, more and more properties offer the opportunity of international phone card holders to place calls from the room via their phone card telephone operators.

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Israeli super model Bar Refaeli has appeared on the cover of the May Spanish edition of Condé Nast Traveler, promoting the “avant-garde” city of Tel Aviv. The feature was organized by a collaboration with the Israeli Embassy in Madrid and the Israel Ministry of Tourism, to promote Spanish tourism to Israel. The 12-page spread features a photoshoot of Refaeli in various...

An Update on easyJet in Israel
easyJet, the low-cost British airline, launched its first route to Tel Aviv from London Luton in 2009, and has since grown to become the second largest airline operating in Israel, after El Al. “ We are extremely proud of our presence at Ben Gurion Airport and the brand presence of easyJet throughout Israel. We have grown to offer 46 flights a week at our peak, operating from nine countries across Europe, with Paris and Amsterdam our most recent additions,” outlines easyJet Commercial Manager Neil Slaven. “Our drive in demand for Tel Aviv routes owes much to a renewed perception of Israel as a fun, safe, cultural and historically significant destination, with easily accessible regions that offer links to a diversity of consumer groups, many of whom have a pre-existing link to the country.” easyJet, which flew over 800,000 passengers...

Aviation Update
AIR EUROPA ADDS MORE FLIGHTS Spanish airline Air Europa is increasing its Madrid-Tel Aviv route from three to six flights a week, starting in July. According to the company, the number of passengers traveling this route has increased by 47% since the start of the year.

Christian and Jewish travel tour company Kenes Tours, in collaboration with the Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation, has launched its “’Women of Valor’ – A Journey in the Footsteps of the Biblical Women” tour, which for the first time brought a group of Christian female pastors and wives of pastors together for a program crafted exclusively...

TLVstyle Boutique Tours
Boutique fashion tour company TLVstyle, founded by entrepreneur and fashion-content expert Galit Reismann, provides high-end tailor made tours in Tel Aviv. “We are a creative community for those in the Israeli fashion industry, bridging international visitors with local creators and offering insightful behind-the-scene glimpses into the works of designers,” says Reismann. “I identify as a true Tel Avivian with roots and history in the city. I can remember ...

Touring Israel
Tailor-made tour company Touring Israel was set up in 2003 by American-born Israeli Joe Yudin, who immigrated to the country 25 years ago. “I believe that a happy tour guide is a happy tourist, and my main goal is not centered on maximizing profits,” says Yudin. “The idea for Touring Israel was to create a trip where...

Hotels Update
Nahsholim Holiday Village Kibbutz Hotel Located on the Mediterranean Sea front at the foot of Mount Carmel, 20km north of Caesarea, sits a vacation retreat void of rowdy crowds and disturbances. Nahsholim Holiday Village Kibbutz Hotel is an enchanting site catering to an assortment of guests, with over 150 accommodations, including...

The new Terra Sancta Museum, located in Jerusalem in two Franciscan buildings with sections dating back to the Roman, Byzantine and Crusader periods, is currently under construction and renovation. The Monastery of the Flagellation, situated at the start of the Via Dolorosa, is now the site of the Archaeological Museum of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, which opened...

ITB 2017
Twenty-six organizations within the Israel tourism industry exhibited at this year’s ITB, Berlin, which took place March 8-12 2017, the first three days of which were open to tourism professionals and the last two days to the general public. The inauguration of the Israel Pavilion, spanning 670m², was attended by Israel Ministry of Tourism Director General Amir Halevy and Israeli...

Ahalan Olympus Shared Shuttle Service
Incoming tour operator Ahalan Olympus, an organizer of customized tours across Israel, is to launch two new shared shuttle services from May. Shuttles running between Bethlehem and Jerusalem are available for tourists and will make three stops in Jerusalem - at the Prima Park Hotel, Israel Museum bus parking lot and the Old City at the Mount Zion parking lot. It will...

The Ministry of Tourism has reported a 22 percent increase of the number of tourist entries to Israel this March (over 293,000) compared to the same month in 2016 (240,400), with around 255,500 arriving by air and 37,600 entering by land. Between January to March 2017, 736,600 visitors were recorded as entering the country, a 23.5 percent increase from the same period...

Dov Airfield Update
The Knesset (Israeli Parliament) has passed a bill to continue the operation of Tel Aviv’s Dov Airfield until 2019, at which time the military airport is to cease function. Originally, the airport was to close in April 2017 and the land to be sold for property development. Despite this ruling, the fast tracked bill, which received a unanimous vote from Knesset members, mandates...

Q Elite Beauty
Tailor-design beauty service Q Elite Beauty, which offers on-demand, on-location beauty services, has launched in Israel and currently operates across Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Mitzpe Ramon. “I have a number of years of experience working within the hotel incoming tourism industry throughout Israel, and I identified a gap in the market for a high-end service such...

The Israel National Infrastructure Committee has approved National Infrastructure Plan 56. Initiated by the Ministry of Transport, the plan outlines construction of a light rail line running from HaMifratz Central Station in Haifa to HaMusakhim Junction in Nazareth, at an estimated cost of ILS 5.9 billion. Following cabinet approval, detailed planning will commence, with the line scheduled for operation by 2023. Running 43 kilometers in length, it will feature 17 railway stations and nine park and ride stations along the route, with 32 electric trains on the line.

A highlight of festivals and events across Israel. FESTIVALS Sufi Festival May 4-6, Desert Ashram International Yoga Fest May 11-13, Gan Hashlosha, Nir David Holy Land Choir Festival May 16-18, Sea of Galilee Menashe Forest Festival ...

ITB Welcome
Dear Friends, ITB Berlin is the most important annual meeting place for the world’s tourism industry, with 1000 exhibitors from over 180 countries this year, and more than 200,000 visitors, including tourism professionals, media personnel and the public at large. Israel’s pavilion, as in the past, will be spacious, covering an area of 672m². The Israel Ministry of Tourism is pleased that so many exhibitors will be coming this year to the fair, to intensify Israel’s sales and marketing efforts and promote its tourism products. Cooperation between the Ministry and Israel’s private tourism sector at ITB is the correct way to promote Israel and increase sales. About 80 million annual trips out of the country are taken by German travelers, who enjoy 24 days off during the year. Statistics show that about 31 percent book via travel agencies, 17 percent...

IMTM 2017
IMTM 2017, the International Mediterranean Tourism Market, was held on 7-8 February for the 23rd time at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center in Tel Aviv. According to Ortra Ltd. and Israel Travel News Ltd. (publishers of Israel Travel News), organizers of the annual event which filled Pavilion #2 for the first time, 1780 exhibitors from 58 countries across 414 booths took part, the highest number ever. The event also hosted 2,300 trade visitors from abroad and 220 foreign buyers, and was attended by a total of 27,000 visitors. This year hosted several new countries who presented for the first time: Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Albania, Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Britain, China, Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Peru and Costa Rica. Delegations from other countries participating in the exhibition...

Aviation (ITN - March 2017)
AIR CANADA MONTREAL TO TEL AVIV Air Canada is launching a new direct flight twice weekly from Montreal to Tel Aviv, from June to October. The airline will also increase the frequency of its Toronto to Tel Aviv flight to...

Awards & Mentions (ITN - March 2017)
Tel Aviv in American Express essentials Digital lifestyle magazine American Express essentials has named Tel Aviv as one of the top places to visit this year on its “Our 2017 Trend Destination Hotlist.” The feature mentions boutique Hotel 65’s breakfast as offering “…a feast...

Spotlight - A Spiritual Journey of Safed
Located northwards of Tiberias in the Upper Galilee, the city is hailed as the center of Kabbalah and offers much to its thousands of annual visitors in terms of ancient sites, spiritual teachings and sprawling nature. Whilst living in Israel, I have heard much chatter of Safed’s holiness, and, like many others, have grown intrigued as to its supposed spiritual offerings. The Capital of Kabbalah The study of Kabbalah (meaning “receiving”) seeks...

Kikar Hamusica
Kikar Hamusica (Music Square) recently opened to visitors Yoel Salomon St. in Jerusalem. Through the combined vision of French project creator Laurent Levy and museum director Eldad Levy, (the two are not related), to “unite all through music,” the 700m² project is advancing in its development. A courtyard is punctuated by a selection of music-themed restaurants, cafés and bars...

An innovation space that will serve as both an educational hub and visitor’s center is scheduled to open in 2018. Its establishment was honored last summer by the ninth President of Israel and ambassador for Israel’s high-tech sphere, Shimon Peres, a few months before his passing. The Israeli Innovative Center, located at the Peres Peace House in Jaffa, is projected to attract thousands of global visitors who can learn about the history of Israel’s innovative...

Hotels (ITN - March 2017)
The Bezalel Hotel Jerusalem The first thing you notice upon entering the Bezalel Hotel is its home like ambiance, created by a colorful blend of locally sourced works and furnishings that capture the character of the city, and eye catching hand painted tiles on feature walls that emit a sense of tranquility with calming...

Nachum Gutman Museum Audio Tours
Audio tours have been introduced in the permanent exhibition at the Nachum Gutman Museum, located in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. The museum is based within a house built by the Schulman family in 1887 which formed one of the first 48 houses in the Neve Tzedek area, and the permanent exhibition showcases the works of Gutman, an Israeli painter, sculptor and author, which were...

A new trail has been inaugurated between two thousand-year-old ritual baths that were once used by pilgrims visiting the Temple Mount. The experimental trail is an extension of the existing paths at the Ophel site in the Davidson Center Archaeological Park, contained within the walls around Jerusalem National Park, and has been constructed and conserved in recent...

Statistics- January 2017
JANUARY INCOMING STATISTICS January 2017 has seen a 27% increase in incoming tourism from the same month in 2016, with 210,000 recorded entries into Israel. Of these tourists: 188,200 arrived by air, 23% more...

Shuk Rothschild Allenby A new indoor food market has opened in Tel Aviv at the intersection of Rothschild and Allenby streets. According to sources, the market has been designed in the styles of Eataly in New York and La Boqueria Market in Barcelona. The 1250m² space houses over 20 street food stalls...

Increase in Tourist Arrivals to Israel in 2016 The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics’ latest figures reveal an increase of 3.4% in incoming tourism to Israel in 2016 compared to the previous year, accounting for 2.9 million tourist arrivals to Ben Gurion Airport. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the last four months of 2016 saw an all-time record for incoming tourism to the country with a 16.6% rise in tourist arrivals during this period, compared to the same months in 2015. The Ministry “…attributes the increase to a strategic shift in marketing and an increase in the marketing budget,” which was set at almost half a billion shekels for incoming tourism last year. A combined ILS 35 million portion of this investment was focused on two newer markets - China and India - both of which experienced a rise in tourist arrivals compared to 2015. China saw 84,600 entering by land and air last year (+65%); India accounted for 44,600 arriving by land and air (+13.5%). Furthermore, December 2016 experienced a higher number of incoming tourists...

Air Transat Montreal to Tel Aviv Route Canadian airline Air Transat will be operating direct flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv between June and October 2017, providing two afternoon departures a week from Montreal and two morning return flights from Tel Aviv. This is the first direct Montreal route to Tel Aviv in many years, and the third direct connection from Canada. Air Canada and El Al currently offer...

National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has undertaken a project to bring together and display a collection of two million archaeological objects, including 15,000 Dead Sea Scrolls, in the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel. Currently under construction, the campus is slated to open late 2017 and is located on Museum Hill in Jerusalem, between...

White City Heritage Center to Open in Tel Aviv
Plans to develop a White City Heritage Center in Tel Aviv are underway, in a joint collaboration between the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Tel Aviv, referred to as the ‘White City’ due to its collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings, was declared a UNESCO World...

RITZ CARLTON The Luxury Travel Guide has awarded the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Herzliya with the Luxury Contemporary Hotel of the Year Award 2016. “We are proud to win this prestigious award,” General Manager Ned Capeleris commented. “[It} is dedicated to our employees, who provide excellent service on a daily basis with great pride and passion, as our motto says – ‘we are ladies...

Milk & Honey Whisky Tours
The Milk & Honey Distillery, founded in 2012, opened its Tel Aviv visitor center this past April within an 800m² industrial space that previously housed a bakery. “We decided to open the distillery in Tel Aviv as it’s the center of business culture and a tourist hub that’s easily accessible to many,” outlines CEO Eilan Attir. The initial concept of a whisky distillery in Israel...

Gothic metal band from Halifax England, Paradise Lost, will give a concert on 23 February at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv. Australian-British singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia is to perform 1 March at Heichal Hatarbut - Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. English rock back Yes will give a concert on March 7 at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena. The performance will feature three of the original band members - vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Trevor Rabin and...

Travel Composer
“I refer to Israel as a destination - a country where visitors can cover such a diverse variety of activities during a 10-day trip,” says Hani Sand, founder of boutique travel company Travel Composer. Following a year of planning, Chicago-born Sand launched the company last summer, offering boutique tailored experiences...

FlyBox opens in Israel
FlyBox has opened its first wind tunnel center in Israel, located in Rishon LeZion, 8km south of Tel Aviv, with an investment of ILS 46 Million. Founded by a team of professional partners with over 20 years of wind tunnel and sky diving experience, FlyBox provides visitors multiple two-minute flights within the tunnel simulator and offers optional packages, including a VIP experience...

Bitemojo Launches in Jerusalem
Bitemojo, an Israeli culinary tourism app that launched in Berlin last year, is now available in Jerusalem. The app allows users flexibility to book from a selection of self-guided tours tailored to individual preferences and tastes. Jerusalem options include a food tour of Machane Yehuda Market, a creative class food tour and a nightlife tour of Jerusalem, each running two-three hours and providing a sample of local tastes. The app can be downloaded on both iOS and Android and is available in English and German.

Dizengoff 208 Opens
New boutique hotel, Dizengoff 208, has joined A.A Hotels Ltd. management portfolio, bringing its total to six properties across Israel. Located at the northern end of Dizengoff St. at the Arlozorov St. intersection, Dizengoff 208 occupies a four story building that previously served as a branch of Bank Hapoalim. “The site was bought by an investor from Los Angeles and the building...

ibis Jerusalem to Open
“This will be the first ibis hotel in central Jerusalem and the second from the chain in Israel as there is already an ibis Styles in East Jerusalem,” outlines hotel General Manager Aharon Bernstein. “The new hotel is an ibis Red, one of three ibis categories, meaning all of our furnishings are imported from Europe in...

Updates for Jerusalem Gold Hotel
The Jerusalem Gold Hotel has implemented a new marketing strategy under the direction of General Manager Ricardo Cordoba-Core, who was recently promoted from director of marketing and sales. “As an extension of my role as general manager, I have refocused our marketing efforts with a three-year strategy that more clearly...

Vital Hotel Renovations
Vital Hotel, a 65 room boutique Tel Aviv business property, has injected ILS 4 million into renovations. Upgrades, designed by architect Ari Shaaltiel, have taken place across public spaces and some guest rooms. “The furniture, including beds and mattresses, was replaced in rooms and new bedding, carpets, curtains and a smart 40-inch TV were added,” says Joint General Manager...

Rimonim Hotels Room Escape
Rimonim Hotels is introducing an escape room experience for guests in its Eilat and Nazareth hotels. The game allows participants 60 minutes to escape from a locked room by solving a story via a series of puzzle, clues and teamwork thinking. The first phase will involve building two escape rooms by Israeli detective room specialist company Escapeit within each of the hotels...

Grants for New Hotels
The Ministry of Tourism has approved over ILS 220 million in grants to entrepreneurs building accommodation properties for tourists, reflecting an increase of more than 1900 hotel rooms. The regions to receive the largest share of the grants are: Eilat - with three new hotels, adding 410 rooms. Jerusalem - with six new hotels and a hostel, adding...

A New Record at IMTM
Over 50 countries are registered to participate in the 23rd International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM), setting a new record for the annual exhibition. 14 international ministers of tourism will also be in attendance. Organized by Israel Travel News Ltd. and Ortra Ltd., the event will be held 7-8 February at the Tel Aviv Convention Center and in Pavilion #2 for the first time, the center’s new 6,000m² hall, larger than that used in previous...

Ben Gurion Airport Exhibition
A new exhibition in Ben Gurion Airport was recently unveiled entitled “120 Years of Zionism”. Described as the airport’s largest exhibition to date, the Terminal 3 display, which spans 200 meters, offers passengers an account of early Zionist leaders and founders of the State of Israel, with insight on topics including absorption of immigrants into the country, the Diaspora, Jerusalem, and Hebrew as a spoken language today, among others.

Erga & Associates Ltd Appoints Clalit
Representatives of Israeli Hospitals in Nigeria, Erga & Associates Ltd, has appointed Israeli healthcare provider Clalit as its agent. Mr Yorman Raveh, chairman of the Board of Directors and manager of the Israeli branch of Erga & Associaties, said “A tourist from Nigeria now has a choice of health holidays in Israel. The medical surgeons in Israel have gained a reputation...

Queen of Sheba Eilat Update
The Hilton Queen of Sheba Eilat has rebranded to Queen of Sheba Eilat following a termination of its 16 year partnership with the Hilton chain. Oded Lifschitz, VP Israel, Hilton Worldwide said “Following a mutual agreement with the hotel’s owner, Asset of Queen of Sheba Limited Partnership, from December 31st 2016 the hotel has no longer been operating as part of the...