Economy and Tourism
- Written by Office of the President of Israel
"Israel faces a choice between Gaza and the West Bank, between Hamas and President Abbas"
"I call upon all the Israeli parties, make up your minds about the future, stop arguing about the past"
The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, opened the Globes Israel Business Conference in a special on stage interview with senior CNN presenter Richard Quest. President Peres addressed the major issues of the day including the peace process with the Palestinians, the building in E1 and Hamas in Gaza.
President Peres addressed Khaled Mashaal's visit to Gaza and said, "He unmasked the real nature of Hamas; a terrorist organization committed to killing and to conquering and opposed to compromise. There is no doubt that his intention is war and murder while the people of Gaza need economic prosperity. Israel faces a choice between Gaza and the West Bank, between Hamas and President Abbas. The alternative to Hamas is Abbas, he is a serious man who has declared himself in favor of peace and compromise, of a demilitarized Palestinian state and against terror. He declared that there wouldn't be a Palestinian state in his hometown of Safed. He is for the two-state solution. We have two clear choices, nobody is perfect but one is right and the other is wrong. We have two choose between Mashaal and Abbas."
- Written by Silvia Golan & Bilha Calderon
On November 22th the Commercial and Industrial Club (CIC) held a reunion and discussion panel at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Tel Aviv. CIC is an association dedicated exclusive to business executives and selected professionals from various disciplines in Israel.
Established in Tel Aviv in 1938, CIC is a meeting point for members from fields ranging from industry, high end technology, banking and finance, consulting, law, accounting, engineering and business. The objectives of the CIC reunions are to promote interaction and create networks between the members of the club and their guests. As such, these reunions offer a vast opportunity for the exchange of ideas and business initiatives both in and outside the club.
Customarily, all reunions consist of a discussion panel or a lecture on current affairs, both foreign and domestic. Thus on this occasion, the panel was composed of Latin American Ambassadors in Israel, HE Maria Elise Berenguer Brazilian Ambassador, HE Bernardo Greiver, Ambassador of Uruguay, and Federico Salas Ambassador of Mexico. The embassadors engaged the public with an important analysis on political and economic cooperation between Latin America and Israel.
- Written by Ministry of Tourism
NIS 1 MILLION IN DEVELOPING THE INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE CITIES’ PORTS.
THE EXPECTED OUTCOME TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS AND AN ANNUAL INJECTION OF ABOUT
NIS 10 MILLION IN THE ECONOMY
The Haifa-Acco cruise line will begin operations on 15 March 2013. This was agreed a few days ago by representatives of the Ministries of Tourism and Transport and the mayors of Haifa and Acco. The Tourism Ministry will invest about NIS 1 million in upgrading the infrastructure in the Haifa and Acco ports. The municipalities will help in marketing the cruise lines and including them in a combined ticket that offers tours to the tourist sites in Acco and Haifa. According to Tourism Ministry estimates, the line will attract tens of thousands of passengers and will inject about NIS 10 million into the economy.
- Written by Israel Tourism Ministry
THE APPROVAL WAS GIVEN WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE GRANT REQUESTS SUBMITED TO THE INVESTMENTS ADMINISTRATION IN THE TOURISM MINISTRY FOR THE CONVERSION OF 13 HOTELS THAT WILL ADD ANOTHER 470 NEW HOTEL ROOMS AT AN OVERALL INVESTMENT OF ABOUT NIS 153 MILLION. ANOTHER PROJECT: CONVERSION OF THE CASINO BUILDING IN HAIFA TO A HOTEL
TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV: “THE TOURISM MINISTRY ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND REHABILITATION OF TOURISM IN THE AREAS IN THE SOUTH AFFECTED BY THE RECENT HOSTILITIES. CONVERTING BUILDINGS INTO HOTELS IS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MINISTRY’S POLICY OF EXPANDING THE HOTEL SUPPLY IN ORDER TO CREATE COMPETITION THAT WILL LEAD TO LOWER VACATION COSTS IN ISRAEL. THIS IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE RECENTLY APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT.’
- Written by Israel Tourism Ministry
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, Tourism Minister Director-General Noaz Bar Nir and senior representatives from the ministry met Thursday (22 November 2012) with tourism industry leaders in an initiative of the Federation of Israeli Tourist Organizations chaired by Michael Federmann to formulate a plan to rehabilitate tourism and to ensure a return to normal in the industry.
Damage Assessment and the Potential for Rehabilitation:
Tourism industry representatives at the meeting reported cancellation rates of between 10-20% on average and a slow-down on future reservations. The damage has also been felt in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and even in other regions across the country. Tourism industry representatives said that the damage could be minimized and it was estimated that the potential for rehabilitation is large in relation to other crises the industry has dealt with.The representatives stressed the urgency in implementing rehabilitative actions because, with the tourism industry unlike others, it is impossible to get back a large part of that which was lost. They also said that showing life returning to normal is most important in returning the flow of incoming tourism to Israel. The Federation of Israeli Tourist Organizations has taken upon itself the work of contacting those organizations which have made cancelations in order to persuade them to reverse their decisions.