Articles tagged “israel”

Israel’s El Al Airlines Tries to Reinvent Itself for the Modern Era

Israel’s El Al Airlines Tries to Reinvent Itself for the Modern Era

Brian Sumers, Skift

Some national flag airlines no longer have a commercial purpose and probably should go out of business. El Al is not one of those carriers. Tourism in the airline's Israel home market is booming, and El Al should be able to ride the wave.

2 weeks ago

Amadeus Traveler Data Exposed in a Thwarted Data Leak

Amadeus Traveler Data Exposed in a Thwarted Data Leak

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Case closed. But data breaches seem never-ending.

3 months ago

Airbnb Reverses Decision to Boycott West Bank

Airbnb Reverses Decision to Boycott West Bank

Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Airbnb finds the middle ground with the issue of disputed territories including the West Bank, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia by allowing listings in these areas but take no money. Profits will be donated to charitable organizations. Wise.

4 months ago

Oman Will Open Its Airspace to Israel’s National Carrier

Oman Will Open Its Airspace to Israel’s National Carrier

Isabel Debre, Associated Press

Even though El Al still can't fly over Saudi Arabia, this new development might get it one step closer to reducing its flight times.

8 months ago

Airbnb West Bank Boycott Draws Ire of Israel’s Government

Airbnb West Bank Boycott Draws Ire of Israel’s Government

Isabel Debre, Associated Press

Israel's priorities in the West Bank run counter to what's best for the region's tourism industry. For its part, Airbnb is listening to advice that much of the international community also supports.

9 months ago

Israel’s Tourism Boom Prompts $10 Billion Island Infrastructure Project

Israel’s Tourism Boom Prompts $10 Billion Island Infrastructure Project

David Wainer and Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

A new airport on an artificial island could really help with Israel's land scarcity problem as tourists continue streaming in, assuming the existing infrastructure can hold out for another 10 to 15 years.

1 year ago

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 year 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?

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago