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January 19, 2017 / 21 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Ben Gurion International Airport’

Israel Hits All-Time Record for Incoming Tourism

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Against the security background in the Middle East and despite the drop in incoming tourism in many countries in the region, Israel has registered a 3.6 percent increase in incoming tourism for 2016, with 2.9 million tourist entries.

Tourism Ministry officials say they’re not surprised by these statistics, however; they attribute the increase to a strategic shift in marketing and an increase in the marketing budget.

The marketing program adopted by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and implemented under the direction of Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi focused on creating demand within Israel — domestic tourism — by building sub-brands suited to different target markets. This was supported by wide-ranging campaigns and including new foreign markets such as India and China, which have each registered major increases in incoming tourism.

The Tourism Ministry also promoted collaborations with the largest international online travel agents such as Expedia and TripAdvisor. In addition, the ministry worked with international airlines to expose them to the economic potential of opening routes to Israel and, among others, by giving incentives for every passenger flying into Ovda Airport near Eilat, and for opening new routes into Ben Gurion International Airport.

“This increase does not come from thin air,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “The increase in tourist entries to Israel is the result of significant budgets that were allocated for marketing and attractive campaigns, investment in new markets and the development of relevant sub-brands for different target markets.

“The strategic plans are adapted to fluctuations and changes in the tourism industry worldwide. I will continue to advance the activities of the ministry with strategic international partners so that the tourism market in Israel will continue to develop and flourish.”

With a budget of nearly half a billion shekels, the highest ever for tourism marketing, the focus was placed on campaigns in key markets with the highest numbers of incoming tourism and the largest potential for additional growth.

Those included the United States, Russia, Germany, France, England and others. Focus was also placed on investment in new and significant markets with high potential for increased tourism, particularly India and China, Levin said.

Israel won a prize from the Indian Travel & Leisure Magazine as the best destination for history and heritage, for example, and won the 2016 Best Destination in Chinese media awards.

Hana Levi Julian

African BDS Activist Refused Entry at Ben Gurion International

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

A citizen of Malawi was prevented from entering Israel Monday at Ben Gurion International airport, based on her participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC), which supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel, based on the “Kairos Palestine Document,” which is a call by Christian Arabs to Christians around the world to help fight the “Israeli occupation,” Walla reported.

This is the first time Israel blocked the entry of a foreign visitor solely on the basis of their activism in the BDS movement. The move was decided by both Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) and Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan (Likud), who in charge of operations against boycotts of Israel.

The visitor, Isabel Phiri, landed Monday afternoon at Ben Gurion and presented her tourist visa. Following his consultation with Erdan, Deri banned her from entering.

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs has determined that, as of 2002, the WCC has been promoting a program called The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) which sends activists to Israel to encourage the boycotting of the Jewish State.

Minister Deri said in a statement that it is well within his authority to prevent the entry of travelers whose purpose in Israel is to support and encourage anti-Israeli activities. “I will continue to use my authority to prevent harm to Israel.”

Minister Erdan said in a statement, “The place for boycott activists is outside Israel’s borders, and we will continue to use every available means to prevent their entry into our country.”

David Israel

Ben Gurion International Airport Launches Cell Phone Check-Ins

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Ben Gurion International Airport has launched a new program allowing departing passengers to check in via their cell phones.

The new pilot program allows the passengers to scan their tickets on the cell phones and then go directly to the duty-free area and gate, without having to wait for an agent at the check-in counter.

The system is, however, dependent upon using the self-serve check-in system online at home, or at the self-service machine at the airport, and one must have a smart phone in order to scan a bar code.

The Israel Airports Authority is also planning to install “speed gates” to expedite boarding as well, according to a report posted on the Hebrew-language NRG website.

It’s not clear how security checks will be carried out within the framework of the new system; travelers generally pass through at least five checks prior to reaching the check-in counter, but luggage must be inspected and passengers then pass through a number of other security checks before reaching the aircraft.

Hana Levi Julian

Updated Ceremony and Traffic Details for Funeral of Israel’s Ninth President Shimon Peres

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Following are preliminary details regarding coverage for the funeral of Israel’s ninth president, Shimon Peres.


IMPORTANT:

From 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM on Friday, Highway 1 will be shut down in both directions.

From 12:30 PM – 2:00 P:M on Friday, Highway 1 will be shut down in both directions.

Roads leading to Highway 1 will be closed. Expect heavy traffic on roads 6, 431, 38, and 443 during those hours.

The police ask that drivers try to avoid these roads today and tomorrow.


Live broadcasts on all media (television, radio and Internet) will be provided from three locations: Ben-Gurion International Airport during the arrival of the delegations, the Knesset on Thursday, the laying of wreaths by heads of state, and on Mt. Herzl Friday, from 9 AM – 1 AM to cover the eulogies and the funeral ceremony. The live broadcasts will be available on the GPO website and Facebook page.

Roads around the Knesset will be closed starting Thursday; the roads around Mt. Herzl are due to be closed from Friday morning until the conclusion of the funeral.

The public will be able to pay their respects before the coffin at the Knesset on Thursday from 9 Am – 9 PM (or as necessary).

Street closings and transportation to the Knesset

From 8 AM Thursday, all routes leading to the Knesset plaza will be closed to traffic: Eliezer Kaplan Street, Yoel Zusman Street and Road #16 which encompasses the Knesset. These routes will be closed until after the funeral procession has left for Mt. Herzl on Friday.

Members of the public who wish to pay their respects before the coffin are requested to use the free parking lots from which they will be able to travel to the Knesset via shuttles. Parking lots in Jerusalem: Railway Station, Teddy Station, Ammunition Hill and Ein Yael-Jerusalem Zoo. Parking lots outside Jerusalem: Latrun and Modi’in Park & Ride.

Mt. Herzl area street closings

From 7 AM Friday, all routes leading to Mt. Herzl will be closed to traffic: Derech Mordechai Ish Shalom, Yehoshua Farbstein Street, Herzl Boulevard from Chords Bridge junction to Holland Square, Shmuel Beyth Street in the direction toward Mt. Herzl, Bayit Vagan Street and HaZikaron Street. Streets from the hotels to Mt. Herzl: Gershon Agron Street, Ramban Street, Hecht, Herzl.

Vehicles parked on these routes will be towed.

The roads will be opened following the conclusion of the funeral and the dispersal of those in attendance.

The schedule for the Mt. Herzl funeral on Friday

9:30 – 11 AM – Eulogies at Herzl’s Tomb Plaza

11 AM – 12 PM – Moving of the coffin, Peres family and VIPs to the graveside, Great Leaders of the Nation section.

12 – 12:30 PM – Interment ceremony.

David Israel

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Braces for 30,000 Travelers to Uman

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Israel Airport Authorities and workers at Ben Gurion International Airport are bracing themselves for the onslaught this week when 160 flights will depart to Uman, in Ukraine.

Some 30,000 travelers are flying to the grave site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov on what is for many an annual pilgrimage on Jewish high holy days, arriving at the tomb of the 19th century Chassidic rebbe just before Rosh Hashana, the holiday on which he deemed it most important for his Chassidim to gather with him during his lifetime.

Rebbe Nachman, who lived from 1772 to 1810, was a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. He combined mystical teachings of Kabbalah with Torah scholarship in his teachings of the thousands of followers who were attracted to his movement, which was not dynastic, and not a traditional Chassidic court.

The concept of God taught by Rebbe Nachman, that one could speak to Him as a “best friend,” that He is someone with whom anyone could connect on the simplest of levels, made the Divine completely accessible, and God easily approachable to those who felt alienated by religion. To this day, the Breslov movement remains vibrant and continues to attract new followers.

Rebbe Nachman visited Israel from 1798 to 1799, spending time in Haifa, Tverya (Tiberias) and Tzefat.

In Israel, travelers to Uman are being asked to arrive at the airport four hours ahead of schedule in order to ease the processing due to the massive crowds that are expected.

Registration processing and passport control will take place both in Terminal 1 and in Terminal 3. Some 1.7 million travelers are expected to pass through the airport during this holiday season — about eight percent more than the number of travelers seen last year, officials said.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel to Accommodate Thousands of Arabs on Holiday of Abraham’s Sacrifice of Ishmael

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

In preparations for Eid al-Adha, marking the Quran’s version of the Torah story of the Binding of Isaac, which this year falls on Sept. 11 (as well as on the 10th and the 12th, depending on local moon spotting), the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Gen. Yoav Mordechai announced a long list of accommodations to be made by his unit to facilitate observing the festival in Judea and Samaria and in the Gaza Strip.

The accommodations below have all been approved by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), in the spirit of facilitating a life of religion and worship. This is particularly magnanimous, considering the fact that Eid al-Adha is a deceptive attempt to replace the story of Abraham’s binding of Isaac, which follows the story of the expulsion of the maidservant Hagar and her son Ishmael to the desert, with a revision which places Ishmael, father of the Arabs, on that altar on the Temple Mount.

1. Israel will coordinate 10,000 Arab family visits in Judea and Samaria

2. Israel will allow prayer of married men who are younger than 45, and women age 30 and up, for two festival days.

3. Israel will coordinate an increased number of flights via Ben Gurion International Airport for Judea and Samaria Arabs.

4. Israel will coordinate an increased number of visits of Arabs from abroad in Judea and Samaria.

5. Israel will coordinate permits for prayer on Temple Mount for Gaza Strip Arabs ages 60 and up.

6. Israel will coordinate family visits abroad for Gaza Strip families crossing Allenby Bridge into Jordan.

In addition, the Judea and Samaria border crossings will remain open longer and goods will be permitted to pass as late as 7 PM.

It should be noted that every one of the above easing of the regulations on behalf of the Arab civilian population in Judea and Samaria and in Gaza involves a nightmare of security operations, because Hamas, the PLO and all the other terrorist outfits in those enclaves are expected to take advantage of these softer rules and use the lull to push terror attacks as well as riots. In effect, the Israeli security forces will be doubling their efforts over this short period of time, to block potential attacks.

Gen. Mordechai informed PA senior officials and international organizations of the special festival efforts.

Good luck.

JNi.Media

Massive Traffic Jams Collateral Damage of Internal War in Likud

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

The normal start-of-the-week traffic jams have been more severe than usual Sunday morning, as a result of the limits on train service across the country. Police report severe traffic delays on route 1, connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and both cities to Ben Gurion International Airport. Traffic on the coastal highway, Route 2, is unusually heavy from Caesarea to Tel Aviv. The inner highway, Route 4, is likewise jammed all the way from Holon to Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, to Ra’ana in both directions. Route 5 connecting the coastal highway with Ariel in Samaria is also jammed. Route 20, which cuts through downtown Tel Aviv is jammed, too. Route 65, connecting Hadera with Afula through Umm al-Fahm in the Arab Triangle is also at a standstill.

On Saturday, the Israel Railways Corporation announced that essential infrastructure works that were not carried out on Shabbat by decree of Prime Minister Netanyahu would be done Sunday, thus paralyzing most of the train service until 7 PM. The stoppage came against the background of Haredi party resistance to carrying out work on Shabbat, and the apparent capitulation of the prime minister, but judging by what the Haredi press had to say Sunday morning, this was more a provocation by Transport Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) than an actual crisis.

The daily Yated Ne’eman cited MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) who accused Katz of acting out of revenge rather than caring for the services of his ministry. “The abominable conduct of Yisrael Katz proves that he does not care about danger to life, and not about the train, only about politics and his need to take revenge against the prime minister,” Gafni said.

Train service has been greatly curtailed Sunday morning. The IDF has added buses to transport soldiers returning to base from their Shabbat break. IDF representatives will guide confused soldier to the right buses. Israel’s inter-city bus companies have increased their active fleets Sunday to help passengers, which, of course, contributes to the traffic jams on the highways.

Leftwing parties Meretz and Labor called for protest rallies at the dark train stations Saturday night, but only a few hundred protesters showed up at the Tel Aviv rally, and only a few dozens at the Haifa event. The real fight over the train works and train service is being waged inside the Likud Party, between Prime Minister Netanyahu and his rebellious Transport Minister and Likud Secretariat Chairman Yisral Katz. (See: Coalition Chair: No Coming back from Netanyahu Vs. Transport Minister Crisis)

JNi.Media

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