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Tourism Ministry to host about 130 tour operators from around the world - most of them on their first visit to Israel - 1-7 December, 2016. The Where Else 2016 convention, taking place for sixth consecutive year, will expose Israel as a leading tourism destination.

 

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: "I welcome the convention participants and attach great importance to exposing Israel as an attractive tourism destination and showing the many advantages that Israel has to offer - an excellent climate, varied entertainment and leisure options and fascinating tourist sites throughout the country. I am sure that the participants will be

impressed by all that Israel has to offer and will bring many more tourists to visit Israel in their footsteps." 

 

The annualWhere Else convention hosted by the Tourism Ministry will open this year with a gala evening on Thursday, December 1 in Tel Aviv, with the participation of the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai and the Tourism Minister Director-General Amir Halevi. About 130 leading international tour operators will take part in various tours around the country, visiting the main tourist sites.

 

The week-long convention is held in cooperation with El Al, regional tourism associations, the Hotels Association and the Incoming Tour Operators Association. Most of the participants have never visited Israel before, and the objective is to  expose them to Israel's varied tourism options and its leisure, culture and entertainment possibilities, alongside the many niche package options. 

 

The participants come from a variety of different countries, including USA, Brazil, Canada, France, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, China, India,  Japan, Korea, Argentina, Mexico and Romania. Most of them represent companies who have yet to sell Israel as a tourism package.  

 

The participants can choose between various tour options around the country, in accordance with their interests and preferences. Professional workshops are also on offer with local tour operators and hoteliers. 

 
 
  Phot Credit: Shahar Sasson
 

 

 

Earlier this week, during the dates of November 27-29th, the 7th Eilat-Eilot Renewable and Clean Energy -Conference took place in the Dan Eilat hotel. Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) representatives participated in the conference in their capacity as leaders and innovators in the field of green energy and conservation of natural resources.

 

During the last couple of years, KKL-JNF has entered the field of renewable energy in order to conserve the environment and develop green and efficient power sources. At the Eilat-Eilot Renewable and Clean Energy Conference, KKL-JNF representatives participated in the opening session with the Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Mr. Yuval Steinitz, Chairman of the IEC (Israel Electric Company) Board of Directors, Mr. Yiftah Ron Tal and other officials from the energy sector and governmental offices.

 

Land Assembly Director, Alex Hefetz stated: "During the past years KKL-JNF has entered the field of renewable energy and has invested a significant amount in the field of solar farms, the big and the small. KKL-JNF sees renewable energy as a vision of modern Zionism and we wish luck to all companies attending which support and promote the use of green energy".

 

Photo Land Assembly Director Alex Hefetz  

Credit Dina Yitzhak  /  KKL

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Dan" hotel chain were selected in the star classification list of the Ministry of Tourism.

 

 

In a moving event, the management of the "Dan" hotel chain and the managers of the hotels received special diplomas following the election of hotels within this chain to be included in the star classification list!

 

 

Rafi Sadeh, CEO of the "Dan" hotel chain organized a ceremony to grant special diplomas to the hotels within this chain that were selected to be included in the star classification list of the Ministry of Tourism.

 

 

 

 

 

The ceremony was carried out with the participation of the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Yariv Levin, the CEO of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Amir Halevy, and the President of the Association of Hotels in Israel, Mr. Eli Gonen.

 

In the ceremony participated the management of the "Dan" hotel chain and the managers of the hotels that were included in the star classification list of the Ministry of Tourism.

 

The "Dan" hotels that were graded with the highest level in the "5 Star Plus" classification are: King David in Jerusalem, Dan Tel Aviv, Dan Eilat and Dan Carmel in Haifa.

 

In addition, the hotel Dan Boutique in Jerusalem was graded within the "4 Star Plus" classification.

 

The ceremony took place on Monday, 15.8.2016, in the "Kria" ("קריאה") hall within the lobby of the King David hotel in Jerusalem.

 

Photos Silvia Golan 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOURTH AGRIVEST CONFERENCE SHOWCASES ISRAELI AGTECH SECTOR TO INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS

 

 

AgriVest 2016, an initiative of Trendlines Agtech, GreenSoil Investments and Israel’s Ministry of Economy, to be held at Weizmann Institute of Science on 27th September 2016

 

 

Misgav, Israel – 6 September 2016 – The fourth international AgriVest Conference will take place on 27 September at the Wix Auditorium at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Conference organizers are Trendlines Agtech, an incubator of The Trendlines GroupInvest in Israel, the investment promotion center at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, and GreenSoil Investments, an Israeli VC focused on agro & food tech investments. 

 

More than 450 attendees are expected to attend this year’s conference. AgriVest serves to showcase the Israeli agtech ecosystem and provides a forum for international investors, leading global industry executives, and government officials to discuss issues pertinent to the sector: The entire food chain – from field to plate - requires disruption to meet food security challenges and provide enough food to feed the world’s future population while maintaining sustainable and ecologically responsible methods. In recent years, innovations and technological solutions in agtech have captured the attention of investors.

“In 2012, Trendlines Agtech together with Israel’s Economy Ministry, launched AgriVest, the first and only Israeli conference in the agtech industry. From its modest beginning, the conference resonated with the global community to become one of the leading conferences in the sector. This year’s AgriVest promises to be the biggest event yet for two reasons: the enormous ‘growth’ of interest in the sector and the recognition of the investment opportunity it presents,” remarks CEO Trendlines Agtech, Nitza Kardish, Ph.D.

 

"We are thrilled to co-host this event and welcome hundreds of entrepreneurs and co-investors. Agtech is gathering more and more interest worldwide and Israel is one of the most exciting ecosystems within the sector", says Gideon Soesman,Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GreenSoil Investments, Israel's largest agro & food tech VC.

 

The conference includes an array of distinguished speakers and guests: Adrian Percy, Head of CropScience R&D at Bayer, will make the keynote address. Two professional panels will feature international and local agtech opinion leaders.

 

An AgriVest highlight is the start-up competition. Twelve selected Israeli companies (of over 40 that applied) pitch their technology to the audience and a panel of judges. The winning companies will receive a prize.

 

Oded Distel, Director of Israel NewTech at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, comments, “The growing needs in our global food supply to guarantee food security, along with the great challenges of creating sustainable agriculture which does not harm the environment, are fertile ground for development and innovation in the fields of agro-technology. At this conference, we bring together leading Israeli hi-tech with agricultural leaders to create a winning combination of innovative developments and agricultural technologies, becoming more and more relevant to developed and developing countries alike.”

The presenting companies at this year's conference: AseptoRay, ATPLabs, Enzootic Holdings, Farm Dog, FFMH Tech, FieldIn, InPlant Technologies, NeoTop Water Systems, NRGene, Tevatronic, UniVerve, ViAqua Therapeutics.

 

The start-ups were selected by an independent committee headed by Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Agriculture, Professor Avi Perl.

Previous AgriVest conferences have been a stellar platform to highlight Israeli agtech companies to businesspeople, scientists, and key ag investors from Israel and abroad. Eran Baniel, CEO of DouxMatok, the winning company of the AgriVest 2015, remarked: “DouxMatok has recently made a real breakthrough to a large extent thanks to the extraordinary impetus received from the 2015 AgriVest conference. Although I have been invited to present at many conferences since, AgriVest was and remains the most significant for my Company.”

 

 

About AgriVest 2016

AgriVest is organized by Trendlines Agtech, an incubator of The Trendlines Group; Invest in Israel, the investment promotion center at the Israeli Ministry of Economy; and GreenSoil Investments, an Israeli VC focused on agro & food tech investments. 

Organizing partners for AgriVest 2016 are IATI, The Israel Export Institute, Israel NewTech, Start-Up Nation Central, and The Israel Innovation Authority.

 

Sponsors of AgriVest 2016 are Greenberg Traurig LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Bayer, Evogene, Shibolet &Co., Ernst & Young Israel, Tong Fang Smart City, Stockton Group, Impact Investing Israel, SOSA, Finistere Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital Gmbh, BASF, Linn Grove Growth Funds, Rootility, Gefen Capital, BioSTL, Technion Technology Transfer.

 

 Media partners are AgFunder and GoforIsrael.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: "As part of the changes that we are spearheading in the Tourism Ministry and the move to more digital and interactive marketing, we initiated the Hackathon to develop tourism apps based on databases developed in the ministry. I call on entrepreneurs with the start-up spirit to participate in this competition and, beyond the personal experience, to contribute to the important goal of promoting incoming tourism to Israel. I am sure that, thanks to the participants' creativity and innovation, we will achieve amazing results and useful apps that will improve the tourist experience in Israel."

 

 

Jerusalem, August 15, 2016- Following the success of the first Hackathon that took place during IMTM last February, the Tourism Ministry will hold a second competition to develop tourism apps (Hackathon), based on Tourism Ministry databases open to the public. The climax of the Hackathon will take place within the framework of the Innovation Conference at the International Mediterranean Tourist Market (IMTM ) that will take place February 7-8, 2017 in the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, when the 10 leading groups will present their apps, with prizes being awarded to the three finalists. Cnature , an app to identify flora and fauna, won the 2016 Hackathon,.

 

Within the framework of the initiative, the Tourism Ministry is publishing a wide-ranging database that includes all the information that a tourist needs in order to plan a visit to Israel, including hotels, B&Bs, trails, tour guides etc. The database, first launched in Hebrew and English, will be translated into other languages.

 

The Tourism Ministry is of the opinion that,  in order to create varied tourism apps that will allow a strong digital presence for the State of Israel in this area, there is a need for a wide-ranging, quality, updated and multi-lingual database. As these activities are challenging and complex to implement for small companies or app developers, it was decided that the ministry would make these tools available for the public.  

 

The databases will be published at http://data.gov.iland interested parties who would like to develop apps can focus on their relative advantage in developing digital innovation in tourism.

 

Leading people in the tourism industry in Israel and worldwide will serve as judges in the competition, alongside Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin will present the prize to the winning team.

 

Head of the Information Systems, Digital and New Media Division, Dr. Noam Kuriat: "The 2017 Hackathon gets under way. This year, apart from the fact that we are launching a rich database with over 20,000 items of information all open to the public, the competition format has changed to allow app developers to bring innovative ideas and products that will transform the Israeli tourism world. We call upon everyone who is passionate about technology and innovation to register for the competition and create a new reality for tourism in Israel."

 

Registration is open through to September 17, 2016https://survey.gov.il/he/node/669

 

More information (in Hebrew) https://www.gov.il/he/Departments/Topics/hackathon_2017