Articles tagged “israel”

Bethlehem Tourist Souvenir Vendors Push Local Products to Fend Off Knockoffs

Bethlehem Tourist Souvenir Vendors Push Local Products to Fend Off Knockoffs

Isma'Il Kushkush, Associated Press

It turns out that "local" is a trend in Bethlehem as vendors there are trying to stave off an influx of Chinese products for Christian tourists over the Christmas holiday. Tourists seeking to support a destination should probably buy the home-grown stuff.

1 month ago

The Airport Security Measure That Works, Yet too few Airports Use

The Airport Security Measure That Works, Yet too few Airports Use

Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Airports in the U.S. don't copy Israel's security measures because that would mean employing a highly skilled, fairly compensated workforce. And despite the bluster of political leaders, they're not wiling to go that far for security.

10 months ago

Israel Tourism’s Oscar Promotion Has Already Turned Political

Israel Tourism’s Oscar Promotion Has Already Turned Political

Associated Press

Tourism boards are hyper sensitive when it comes to potentially divisive political issues. But when the tourism board is Israel's, conflict is nearly impossible to avoid.

12 months ago

Israel Tourism Adds Free Celebrity Junkets to the Annual Oscar Swag Bag

Israel Tourism Adds Free Celebrity Junkets to the Annual Oscar Swag Bag

Dan Williams, Reuters

We're not sure that people plan a trip to a destination like Israel based upon photos they see in Us Weekly, but we have seen bigger wastes of money on influencer trips.

12 months ago

El Al Airlines Stock Rallies Despite Israel’s Tourism Slump

El Al Airlines Stock Rallies Despite Israel’s Tourism Slump

Yaacov Benmeleh , Bloomberg

The 2013 Open Skies agreement with Europe didn't crush El Al and its stock price has soared based on diving oil prices and the strength of the shekel. The trends don't look so great, though, as tourism is slumping because of the spate of knifings and other political violence.

1 year ago

Israel Says It’s Safe for Russian Tourists Amid Regional Turmoil

Israel Says It’s Safe for Russian Tourists Amid Regional Turmoil

Josef Federman, Associated Press

Two countries' tourism setbacks are other countries tourism gains, and with its sunny beaches and plenty of history Israel certainly stands to gain a lot of Russian tourists if it can manage its message the right way.

1 year ago

Israel Tourism Targets Russian Travelers Turning Away From Turkey

Israel Tourism Targets Russian Travelers Turning Away From Turkey

Calev Ben-David, Bloomberg

Israel is offering security and discounts, two things sure to attract a clientele that feels insecure and fleeced right now.

1 year ago

Israel’s New Plan to Add 50% More Hotel Rooms Over Ten Years

Israel’s New Plan to Add 50% More Hotel Rooms Over Ten Years

Alisa Odenheimer, Bloomberg

Israel is too pricey a destination for some thanks to its low inventory of hotel rooms. Now it has a plan to change this.

1 year ago

Israel Has a Hippie Version of Uber That Thinks It Understands Sharing

Israel Has a Hippie Version of Uber That Thinks It Understands Sharing

Gabrielle Coppola and Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

The real sharing economy from the land of the kibbutz.

1 year ago

American Airlines To End U.S.-Israel Flights That Came With US Airways Merger

American Airlines To End U.S.-Israel Flights That Came With US Airways Merger

Julie Johnsson, Skift

American's Philly-Tel Aviv flights faced competition from El Al and United from JFK.

1 year ago

In Battle Over Jesus Tourism, UNESCO Sides With Jordan

In Battle Over Jesus Tourism, UNESCO Sides With Jordan

Karin Laub and Sam McNeil, Associated Press

When you mix deeply held religious beliefs, political conflict, and the business of tourism you never end up with a result that's anything less than muddy.

2 years ago

Tourism and Traffic Snarling the Little Town of Bethlehem

Tourism and Traffic Snarling the Little Town of Bethlehem

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press

Can you imagine the development nightmare that must be dealt with in a destination like Bethlehem? Three ancient religions, the UN, local politicians, property owners, and tourists with a genuine Messiah complex.

2 years ago