Articles tagged “israel”

An Israel-Bound Commercial Flight Passes Through Saudi Airspace for First Time

An Israel-Bound Commercial Flight Passes Through Saudi Airspace for First Time

Jonathan Ferziger, Bloomberg

It's a win for Air India to shave two hours off a flight by going over Saudi Arabia, but will El Al be allowed the same opportunity?

1 month ago

Israel’s El Al Appeals to the UN as It Seeks to Fly Over Saudi Arabia

Israel’s El Al Appeals to the UN as It Seeks to Fly Over Saudi Arabia

Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

Global politics are a mess, right? It's a shame an Israeli airline can't fly over Saudi Arabia, but that's just the way it goes sometimes. Will the International Civil Aviation Organization step in and change the status quo?

2 months ago

Top Jerusalem Christian Attraction Remains Closed to Protest Taxes

Top Jerusalem Christian Attraction Remains Closed to Protest Taxes

Josef Federman, Associated Press

When a church owns many different types of property, the line between religious space and commercial interest — encompassing hotels — becomes blurred.

2 months ago

Holy Sepulchre Church Closes in Tax Dispute With Israeli Authorities

Holy Sepulchre Church Closes in Tax Dispute With Israeli Authorities

David Wainer, Bloomberg

Christian tourism is a big deal to Israel, and this tax dispute, if it isn't resolved soon, won't help.

2 months ago

Intrepid Travel Uses Food Tourism to Gain a Better Understanding of Israel-Palestine Divide

Intrepid Travel Uses Food Tourism to Gain a Better Understanding of Israel-Palestine Divide

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Many Israelis' favorite dining outings bring them to Middle Eastern restaurants. Dining commonalities aren't going to accelerate a two-state solution, but they are one place to start.

3 months ago

Bethlehem Tourism Surges Despite Political Tension

Bethlehem Tourism Surges Despite Political Tension

Fadwa Hodali and Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg

Christmas is approaching and pilgrims have been undeterred from visiting the narrow streets of Bethlehem, revered as the birthplace of Jesus. They visit against a backdrop of protests that have broken out over the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

4 months ago

Germany Calls for Talks With Kuwait Airways Over Barring Israelis From Flights

Germany Calls for Talks With Kuwait Airways Over Barring Israelis From Flights

Associated Press

Air traffic law is like Swiss cheese, and Kuwait Airways has put its finger in a hole that can't be blocked. Yet if the banning of selected nationals would become commonplace, it would widely upset the stability of global travel.

5 months ago

Israel’s El Al Airlines Struggles in a Newly Open Market

Israel’s El Al Airlines Struggles in a Newly Open Market

Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

For many years, El Al had the benefit of competing in a market with some tight controls over what airlines could fly where. That's over now, and Israel's flag carrier needs to improve, or it will continue to shed customers.

5 months ago

Israel Is Welcoming U.S. Evangelicals for High Holiday Tourism

Israel Is Welcoming U.S. Evangelicals for High Holiday Tourism

Jonathan Ferziger, Bloomberg

Israel attracts a wide range of visitors, and evangelical Christians are coming in droves this year thanks in part to U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

7 months ago

Israel Looks to Food Tourism to Attract a Different Kind of Visitor

Israel Looks to Food Tourism to Attract a Different Kind of Visitor

Dan Peltier, Skift

Israel doesn’t really have a problem bringing in visitors. But bringing visitors who are not driven by religious beliefs is a challenge. Diversifying the country through food could help convince some travelers that a trip here is worth it.

9 months ago

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 year 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.

2 years ago