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Bethlehem May Charge a Fee for Tourists to Enter

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Bethlehem wants every tourist entering the city to pay approximately, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported.

Ramallah also is considering a tourist fee.

Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem Issam Juha told Ma’an, “Tourists have so far been receiving services for free, and now we are considering a mechanism to make them pay a fee which would help us improve public services, including wireless internet, maps and tour signs.

Tourism expert Dr. Hamdan Taha warned that a fee could boomerang, according to Ma’an, because it night drive tourists away.

Israel Welcomes 130,000 Tourists for Holidays

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The Tourism Ministry is expecting about 130,000 visitors in Israel over the period of Passover and the Christian Holy Week.

About 20 direct flights are expected in Ovdah airport in the Negev, bringing tourists from France, Russia and Britain to celebrate the Passover holidays in Eilat.

Tourism in Israel is experiencing an uplift since the dive in the number of tourists during and after last summer’s Operation Protective Edge campaign.

Hotel occupancy levels in most of the popular tourism areas will reach 80-90% during the holidays, with some areas completely full.

Dollar-Shekel Rate Breaks 4.0 Barrier

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The Dollar-Shekel exchange rate broke the 4.0 barrier over the weekend reaching 4.0090 — where 1 US dollar is equal to 4 Israeli Shekels.

This is the first time since September 2012 that the dollar-shekel rate broke the 4.0 mark. The 4.0 mark is considered a significant psychological barrier, and it may mean the dollar will continue to strengthen against the shekel.

A stronger dollar is good for tourists visiting Israel and Israeli exporters.

Economists don’t necessarily believe that a weak shekel is is a bad sign for the Israeli economy, as a variety of factors are influencing the exchange rate, and Israel’s fundamentals are solid.

Kosher Waldorf Astoria Opens to Rave Reviews

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The world’s only strictly kosher Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem has received rave reviews from those who can afford the luxury five-star hotel that opened for business three months ago.

This past Sukkot holiday, it attracted many wealthy Orthodox Jews from the United States who had previously spent the holiday at the David Citadel, just across the street.

Ilan Brenner, Director of Sales at the Waldorf-Astoria, who previously worked at the Inbal, says that the hotel has attracted travelers from throughout the world and has not experienced any appreciable decline during the recent unrest in Jerusalem. The hotel features both a meat and dairy restaurant in the midst of its ornate lobby with a huge standing clock.

The lobby’s retractable roof is designed to expose guests to the Jerusalem sunshine but was also removed to allow for a huge Sukkah.

Prices at the Waldorf average about $500 per night for a “regular” room and as much as $5000 for the huge Presidential Suite. The hotel is located within a few hundred feet of the David Citadel and just down the block from the celebrated King David Hotel.

Arab Terror Hits Hard at Jerusalem Hotel Occupancy Rate

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The occupancy rate in Jerusalem hotels has plummeted by nearly 50 percent in the wake of recent Arab terror.

“Thirty percent of our clients, Israelis and foreigners already in Israel, called following the running over of bystanders by a terrorist driving a car and asked to move their tour route from central Jerusalem to the Biblical Zoo, which is fenced in and secured at the entrance, or to Tel Aviv,” Yossi Griver, co-owner of Zuzu Motoric Tourism, told the Globes business newspaper.

A veteran tour guide told The Jewish Press Sunday, “Tourists are cancelling trips they scheduled with me. They don’t even come from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

The war in Gaza last summer was a financially deadly strike at tourism, which had been at record highs before Hamas started pummeling Israel with missiles as far north as metropolitan Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

“The escalating security situation in the city has dealt another blow to tourism, already hit hard by Operation Protective Edge,” said Alfred Akirov, owner of Alrov, which operates David Citadel and Mamilla Hotels in Jerusalem.

Occupancy rates at Jerusalem hotels now are 35-40 percent, compared with the usual seasonal rate of 65-70 percent.

The city of Jerusalem and businesses are trying to attract business with free tours and discounts, but it is difficult to overcome a mood of fear, exactly what terrorists want to drive in the hearts of Jews.

Jerusalem tour guide Ron Peled told Globes, “There is a dramatic plunge of 80-90 percent in the number of Israeli tourists visiting Jerusalem. Would you take your kids on a trip to Jerusalem now? If you were invited to a bar mitzvah at the Western Wall, would you go? It’s not a sure thing.

“A large number of the tour guides in the city have no work because of the situation that has prevailed since Operation Protective Edge. There is a more moderate decline. You can still see tourists in the city.”

Guy Klaiman, general manager of the recently opened Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Hotel, is more optimistic, if for no other reason than radical Islamists have attacked throughout the world.

“Tourists regard these things differently these days,” he told Globes. “They understand that there is no safe place in the world, and that part of life today is taking some risks. It’s not safe in London, either. When I worked there, we had to deal with terrorist explosions. Being a Jew in Antwerp is not exactly safe now, either.”

How Does One Say ‘Israeli Anime’ in Japanese?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

How does one say “Israeli anime” in Japanese? More than a few locals and most of the foreign service staff at Israel’s Embassy to Japan are going to find out very shortly.

For those readers familiar with Miyazaki, Israel’s newest and most novel effort at outreach to the Far East will entrance and amuse.

For those who have no idea what Miyazaki is, it is best to simply click on the video clip below – the first of seven to be produced — and watch. (Ed. – Turn on the closed captioning so you know what they’re saying.)

‘Shalom Chan’ hops in and out of the colorful, airbrushed animated series to provide quick facts about Israel for the viewers as the animated sisters, Saki and Noriko take their trip through the Holy Land.

Embassy spokesperson Ronen Mezdinni told Ynet the feedback from the project has been “unprecedented” and said the video has received “massive media attention all across Japan. The main goal is to showcase the lighter and original aspects of Israeli society all the while paying homage and respect to Japanese popular culture.”

Japanese pilgrims have been coming to Israel for many years. This is the first time, however, the foreign ministry has made a concerted effort to attract tourism from Japan, whose heritage is ancient, like that of Israel.

Israel Labor Job Actions Spread to Transportation, Tourism

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Israeli transportation and tourism employees will carry out a work slowdown on Wednesday in solidarity with striking postal workers, the nation’s Histadrut Labor Federation has announced.

The move comes in response to another failure in negotiations between the union and the Finance Ministry to resolve a struggle over fate of 1,500 postal workers.

Both the transportation and tourism ministries will be on strike on Wednesday. In addition, no mail will be delivered to any government ministry or embassy, and no registered mail will be delivered as well.

Postal workers will also conduct a two-hour “strike walk” outside the Tel Aviv Cinematheque as well, from 11 am to 1 pm.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-labor-strike-spreads-to-transportation-tourism/2014/09/30/

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