The National Tourism Institute of Spain will hold a unique tourism event at The International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) 2015 for the main travel agents and tourism
Operators from both countries, to strengthen the tourism relations between Israel and Spain; The event will take place at The Tel Aviv Exhibition Gardens, Pavilion 1, Hall C4, on February 10, at 16:30 


A delegation of the main officials in the Spanish tourism industry, through the Spanish Tourist Office in Rome, which is in charge of the Israel market, will give a presentation on Spain for the principal travel agents and tourism operators from both countries at The International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) 2015. This event will take place at The Tel Aviv Exhibition Gardens, Pavilion 1, Hall C4, on Tuesday, February 10, at 16:30.


Among the event's guests will be the Tourism Counselor for the Embassies of Spain, Carlos Hernández; Ambassador of Spain in Israel, Fernando Carderera Soler and representatives from Andalucía, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Aragon Pyrenees and Red de Juderias. Alongside the main travel agents and tourism operators from both countries. The event's agenda includes a presentation on Spain and celebratory cocktails.


The presentation's main goal is to introduce Spain as a travel destination, highlighting its history, rich culture and countryside diversity. Spain is one of the world's leading tourist destinations. This is hardly surprising, considering that the country is a veritable goldmine of glorious history, stunning architecture, breathtaking views and an advanced culture of song, dance, film, painting and sports. The scenery of Spain is both varied and beautiful, and includes thick forests, green plains, mountains, rocky gulfs; white, sandy beaches surrounding gothic and medieval cities; and countless castles and fortresses, all of them amazing and fascinating. The cities of Spain are stunning, beautiful, romantic and fascinating. They were the focal point of several important chapters in both European and world history, and especially in the history of the Spanish Jews.

Andalucia is a land of culture, history, fiestas, nature areas and excellent food. In Granada, you will see the Alhambra palace, the Generalife gardens and the mediaeval Albaicín neighbourhood; in Cordoba, its historic center with the great Mosque and in Jaén, the monumental sites of Úbeda and Baeza. You will also be able to experience festivals such as Easter Week, the Carnival in Cadiz, the Rocío pilgrimage in Huelva and the April Fair in Seville. Gran Canaria is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. "Mini-continent" is perhaps the best-qualified word to express the variety of landscapes in Gran Canaria. The landscape, the winds, the sea and the geographic situation on the 28th parallel, 60 sea miles from the African coast, defines the climate on Gran Canaria, island of volcanic origin and rich in contrasts.


Beautiful Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, which form this Atlantic Ocean archipelago. This sun-kissed holiday hotspot welcome millions of people every year who are looking for relaxation, adventure, good times and fantastic weather. Surrounded by mountains with the Pyrenees in the north and the mountainous Sistema Iberico area to the south. Aragon is home to some of the finest Mudejar architecture in the world. The stunning scenery of the Pyrenees covers much of the Huesca province (Northern Aragon) making it popular with skiers and walkers.


Israel offers a large number of both direct and charter flights to Spain; operated by Iberia, Spain's national airline company, as well as Israeli airline companies. Vueling Airlines operates five weekly flights from Tel Aviv - Barcelona back and forth throughout the year. According to the 2013 data of Spain Tourist Board, 105,500 Israeli tourists had entered Spain in the year 2013. In January to November 2014, 181,000 Israeli tourists visited Spain. The total Airline capacity from Israel to Spain in 2014 (January-November) was 380,300 travelers, an increase of 40,000 in comparison with 2013.


Today, Spain is home to approximately 30 thousand Jews, many of them living in the country's two major Jewish communities in Madrid and Barcelona. There are approximately ten additional communities, united under The Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain. The Spanish government initiated the establishment of The Network of Spanish Jewish Quarters - Red de Juderias - which is composed of 24 cities. This initiative acts towards the preservation and restoration of the places and structures that represent the history of the Spanish Jews and organizes cultural and educational activities.


Photo : Aragon. Courtesy: The National Tourism Institute of Spain