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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Israel is offering security and discounts, two things sure to attract a clientele that feels insecure and fleeced right now.
Israel is too pricey a destination for some thanks to its low inventory of hotel rooms. Now it has a plan to change this.
The real sharing economy from the land of the kibbutz.
American's Philly-Tel Aviv flights faced competition from El Al and United from JFK.
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.