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TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV: “OPERATIONAL STEPS WILL BE TAKEN WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO RETURN INCOMING TOURISM TO ITS PATH OF STEADY GROWTH OF THE LAST 3 YEARS. THE SCOPE OF THE DAMAGE TO THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IS NOT INSIGNIFICANT BUT REHABILITATING TOURISM AND ENSURING THAT RESIDENTS IN THE SOUTH ONCE AGAIN HAVE INCOME IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE VICTORY AND IS A NATIONAL MISSION”
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.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, this morning (Monday, 5 November 2012), met with Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer<http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/exec/steve/default.aspx>. They discussed Microsoft's commitment to Israel, its vast investments in the local market and the impact it is having, driving economic growth through national level activity and programs focused on innovation economy, employability, education and more.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "The combination of the State of Israel and Microsoft is natural since the Israeli high-tech industry is among the world's leaders. Microsoft was wise enough to see its potential many years ago and to benefit from the quality personnel in Israel. Our investment in high-tech industries and in training people for high-tech will continue to succeed and bear fruit. I believe that cooperation between the State of Israel and Microsoft will continue for many years."

THE KNESSET ECONOMIC COMMITTEE IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE ON TUESDAY THE NEW CRITERIA FOR HOTEL RATINGS IN ISRAEL, AS SUBMITTED BY THE MINISTER OF TOURISM; ONCE THE CRITERIA ARE APPROVED, THE MINISTER WILL SIGN AND THE TENDER TO SELECT THE COMPANY TO EXECUTE THE RATING WILL BE LAUNCHED

THE KNESSET ECONOMIC COMMITTEE TODAY APPROVES THE NEW CRITERIA FOR HOTEL RATINGS IN ISRAEL, AS SUBMITTED BY THE MINISTER OF TOURISM.

THE CRITERIA WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE WITHIN 8 MONTHS

THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM INVESTMENT ADMINISTRATION HAS APPROVED GRANTS FOR THE RENOVATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF SIX HOTELS AT A TOTAL INVESTMENT OF OVER NIS 80 MILLION

 

MINISTER OF TOURISM, STAS MISEZHNIKOV: “INCREASING THE NUMBER OF HOTELS PROMOTES COMPETITION AND REDUCES THE COST OF VACATION PACKAGES FOR MANY ISRAELIS AND FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS WHOSE NUMBERS ARE INCREASING AND THEREFORE WE NEED TO MAKE THE NECESSARY PREPARATIONS IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THEM