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Tourism Ministry Director-General Noaz Bar-Nir was named 2012 Man of the Year in Tourism  today (Tuesday) at IMTM – the International Mediterranean Tourism Market for his role as chairman of the Committee to Reduce the Cost of Vacation Packages in Israel, which Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov established. Bar-Nir said that he was pleased that the industry appreciates the work of the Tourism Ministry. 

















A special delegation of senior representatives of Korea Tourism organization will arrive in Israel in the next few days, to attend The International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM), opening February 5th, 2013 in Tel Aviv, in order to strengthen the ties between the two countries, and encourage tourist traffic

 
















“TOURISM IS A BRIDGE FOR PEACE AND THAT IS WHY I AM HERE” DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE BETHLEHEM HOTELS ASSOCIATION GEORGE ABU ATA TODAY AT THE HERZLIYA CONFERENCE ON TOURISM

“Tourism is a bridge for peace and that is why I am here, in order to explain what is going on in Bethlehem in terms of tourism. Tourists are coming in to Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and Herodion and because overnight accommodation is cheaper there. Pilgrims feel good in Bethlehem, especially in the family hotels.”

 “THE TOURISM MINISTRY IS SPEARHEADING A PROGRAM WHOSE GOAL IS TO INCREASE INCOMING TOURISM TO THE DEAD SEA AREA FROM 25% TO AT LEAST 50%” – THIS ACCORDING TO TOURISM MINISTRY SENIOR DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL, INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENTS ERAN NITZAN. “75% of all tourists at the Dead Sea currently are Israelis, with only 25% coming from overseas.

“IN LIGHT OF THE STEPS TAKEN BY THE TOURISM MINISTRY, I ESTIMATE THAT THE IMPACT OF OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENSE ON TOURISM WILL BE A FEW PERCENTAGE POINTS DECREASE IN INCOMING TOURISM, PERHAPS NO MORE THAN 3-4% AND THE EFFECTS OF THE OPERATION WILL BE BEHIND US BY MAY 2013.” TOURISM MINISTRY DIRECTOR-GENERAL NOAZ BAR-NIR