×

Warning

JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 62

IMTM 2011 will be held on 8-9 February 2011 at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center: from 15:00 on, the general public are invited - at no charge.

This year’s IMTM 2011 - Israel's International Mediterranean Tourism Market – is set to be the biggest since its inception 17 years ago. Over 300 exhibitors from more than 35 countries are participating in the fair, to be held on 8-9 February in Pavilion 1 at the Tel Aviv Convention Center.

Participant countries include this year Croatia, Russia, Romania, Cyprus, Turkey, Germany, Italy, the UK, Estonia, Slovenia, Belarus, Portugal, Spain, Lithuania, Montenegro, Latvia, Georgia, Belgium, India, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and Tanzania.

And after a two-year break, Greece is participating again, following its popularity as a destination for Israelis who continue to boycott Turkey.

Dozens of tourism and leisure organizations from Israel are set to attend, and will present the Israeli public with this year’s innovations and attractions, aimed at boosting domestic tourism.

On Tuesday and Wednesday (February 8 and 9) IMTM will be open to the general public - at no charge - from 15:00.

Several professional conferences will be held during the event. Travel agents will be discussing the question of the Dead Sea with journalists, the sixth Annual Conference of the Center for Academic Studies will be looking at innovation and creativity in Israel’s tourism sector, and a special conference for managers of Human Resources and Employee Well-Being is planned - “Human Resources and Employee Well-Being in the Social Networks Era.”

Eyal Shmueli, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Israel Travel News magazine, and one of the architects of IMTM comments: "I'm proud to say that this year we’re expecting a record number of exhibitors. Every year we’re thrilled by the huge number of queries from dozens of countries and Israeli tourism sites – all planning to attend the event. It’s an expression of confidence in Israeli tourists and their economic clout. Like every year, we’ll be awarding special emphasis to domestic tourism and incoming tourism – both of which are flourishing, and generating thousands of jobs in Israel. We invite everyone to come to the event and take a world tour in just a couple of hours."

IMTM Is the annual central event of Israel’s tourism sector. Its mission is to encourage incoming and outgoing tourism, plus domestic tourism in Israel, and to strengthen joint ventures with other countries. This is the 17th consecutive year of the event. Alongside the foreign nations taking part are Israeli representatives, tourism associations from around the country, hotels and airlines, car rental organizations, and tourism-service providers.

The event is organized by Ortra Ltd. and Israel Travel News, and sponsored by the Tourism Ministry, the Israel Hotel Association, EL AL, IATA, Israel Tourist & Travel Agents Association and Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association.

Add a comment

As has been customary for many years thus far, the largest Israeli business convention was once again inaugurated and sponsored by Globes.Stanley Fisher

 

The event played host to the most recognized and intriguing people in the Israeli financial and political world as they embark upon dealing with the issues that will design the forecasted outlook of the state and the economy over the next year.

It was thus no surprise that President of Bank of Israel, Prof. Stanley Fischer, was named 'Person of the Year' by Globes.  Fisher has been praised worldwide for his headstrong economic policies and how those policies have helped Israeli prosper and stay afloat during the world's far reaching economic downturn. 



Fischer showed his gratitude for the honor by thanking those in attendance.

"When we at the Bank of Israel come to make a decision on interests and interventions, we sit down in the office and we decide; it's that simple," explained Fisher.  "

"One time, I gave a lecture at a school in Modiin, and the teacher asked me how I come to make decisions on interest rates.  Well, without the extraordinary team that we have in the Bank of Israel - directors and employees - we could not have done what we did. It looks simple but it is not. They did it without hesitation and with great success and that is why the world of finance should congratulate these professionals," he continued.



Fischer did not hesitate in praising the Israeli Economy.

"We can press all the buttons we want, but if there is no economy that responds correspondingly, it will have no significant influence. For example, the low interests in the USA do not influence the mortgage loans, given that there are serious problems in this sector and that the banks are not willing to allow them.



 

We reduced the interest rates and attained a healthy financial system. That is why the banks responded immediately. Our ability to influence the economy is due to the fact that for many years there were people that worked to strengthen it. This started with the stabilization program of banks in 1985. The past representatives of the Bank of Israel and the ministries of Treasury and Employment also contributed significantly to our current, favorable situation.

In the times of the debt crisis in Europe and the United States, it is not shocking by any means that both are suffering the greatest financial disparity in the last hundred years."  

Fischer emphasized the importance of a stable economic model.

 


"If we are to learn anything from this crisis, it is that without a strong and healthy financial system, the economy can collapse," declared Fischer.

Look at Ireland: they did everything correctly except for one thing, they weren't cautious in the financial sector.  The revenue agents allowed for the banks to grow at 700% of the gross domestic product (GDP).



If the State needs to save a banking system whose substance is seven times greater than the economy, there is a problem. The fact that our financial sector is relatively conservative and that we have very strict control over the financial system are reasons why we [the majority of countries] are in the current situation; the biggest crisis since the 1930's."

In this light, Fischer shared with those present, the moment in which he was asked to be the President of the Bank of Israel



"It was at the end of 2004 when my wife and I were on vacation and Bibi [PM Netanyahu] spoke with us. He tried to convince me to accept his offer. It was his own proposition, after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's previous offer. Now, I can tell them both, that I am grateful for having been granted the opportunity to conduct something I always wanted to - to contribute in some way or another to the success of the Israeli economy.

In his praises and thanks, Fischer referred to the issues that require attention in Israel


President Shimon Peres and Diplomacy's Danny Schwarz

 

"We have very serious problems such as poverty, infrastructures, peace...we are very good at dealing with the immediate issues but less so with the long term challenges. We must make a change. Five and a half years ago, I said that the Israeli economy was strong and very flexible. Many people approached me and told me I was too optimistic. I believe that if one does not listen to the all the scandals concerning the economy and if we look at what we achieve despite the challenges and wars; we have reasons to feel proud of ourselves.

But like everything in life, we must avoid indulgence. We are good for now, but these circumstances can change quickly and there still remains a lot to be done.''



Photos Silvia Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a comment

Tourists from both Israel and abroad can travel the country and enjoy activities that have minimal impact on the environment and build environmental awareness.



Environmental tourism options in Israel are growing apace, especially in the verdant Galilee region. If you want a healthy holiday, check in to the 

Mizpe-Hayamim Hotel, Spa and Organic Farm.

 Dating from the 1960s, the complex was the vision of Dr. Eric Yaros – a physician and homeopath who emigrated from Berlin.

 The vegetarian restaurant gets a personal recommendation and while you're there, be sure to walk up the hill to the 28-acre farm that supplies every single one of the restaurant’s seasonal vegetables, fruits and dairy products.

 The valley below the hotel is home to the bird-watching paradise of the Hula Valley and Lake Agmon. More than 500 million birds – 400 species – stop over in the valley, as they migrate between Europe and Africa in the spring and fall. Visitors can rent electric golf carts or bicycles, and set out alone or with a resident ornithologist for a tour of the restored wetlands

 For a more intimate green getaway, try Hemdatiya in Moshav Sejera–Ilaniya. It's a small B&B with five rooms, in carefully-restored stone farm buildings dating from the early 20th century. Vineyards, goats and seasonal organic vegetable gardens, provide salads, wine and cheese for guests.

 Another attractive and practical eco-feature for drought-plagued Israel – all the water from the rooms is channeled down to the wetlands, to irrigate the orchards.

 Atalya Trua, one of the owners of Hemdatiya, is passionate about the importance of the eco-holiday site: "The ecologic life is the only way to live today… for the environment, and for the next people, the next generation."

Add a comment

 

Diplomacy.co.il is proud to announce, in association with the Spanish Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, the official visit of some of Spain's newest, inovative and most promising companies.

 

 

The delegation which will be visiting Israel on November 16th and 17th 2010 will be lead by the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, and is geared towards importers, distributors and representatives within the Israeli market.

 

 

 

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF BARCELONA

ISRAEL:  NOVEMBER 16TH AND 17TH 2010

 

 

 

1.- ESBELT, S.A.

Website: www.esbelt.com/index.php?IDM=EN 

Activity: Belts and buckets for conveyor belt elevators, accessories, etc.

 

2.- FLOWLAB PROYECTOS DE INNOVACION, S.L.

Activity: E-Health solutions, Insurance and Pharma companies, home monitoring service, adherence solutions for chronic diseases and advisory and consulting for new E-Health services development.

 

3.- FMC FORET, S.A.

Website: www.fmcforet.com/Home/tabid/1805/language/en-GB/Default.aspx

Activity: Strengthener product for agriculture that increases crop production, improves the efficient use of water while protecting against harmful insects and fungal diseases. Binder for clay soils.

 

 4.- MAQUINARIA DE ENVASE Y EMBALAJE, S.A.

Website: www.envasadoras-paris.com/INDEX_i.htm

Activity: Packing, filing, capping and labeling equipment for liquids without gas. Packing equipment in small doses for powder, liquid or dense products.

 

 5 - MAXCHIEF EUROPE, S.L.

Activity: Plastic and metal furniture.

 

 

                                                                                                                                              

 

Add a comment

On Thursday evening, July 20th, the Embassy of Colombia in Tel Aviv celebrated Colombia’s National Day, the anniversary of the signing of the country’s declaration of independence. The event was held at the beautiful home of Colombian Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mr. Fernando Alzate Donoso, and  wife Mrs.Nancy, in Kfar Shmaryahu.

Add a comment
Read more ...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 19 July 2017), held a series of bilateral meetings with the heads of government of the Visegard Group: Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. (Prime Minister Netanyahu met yesterday with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.)

Add a comment
Read more ...

​PM Netanyahu: We face common challenges, the first of which is to defeat the forces of terror that rampage through the world and threaten both our countries. We must stand together in this battle, much as we work together to perfect the future.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Tuesday, 4 July 2017), at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Add a comment
Read more ...

The EU Delegation in Israel and the Municipality of Tel-Aviv-Yafo presented:  Performance Europa!
Urban celebration of live performances and interactive installations
Tel Aviv’s White Night ,Rothschild 1 Plaza, 29 June 

Add a comment
Read more ...

 

 On 11 June 2017, the 5thPhilippine Tourism and Country Fair organized by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv,Municipality of Haifa and Castra Mall, opened in a festive atmosphere in the northern city of Haifa as the Philippines tries to sustain the rapid tourism growth from Israel.

During the one-day event, simultaneous activities on tourism and cultural promotion and highlights of the 60 years of strong bilateral relations between the Philippines and Israel were featured at the Castra Mall. Around 800 Israelis and Filipinos enjoyed the cultural program that showcased multi-awarded Filipino soprano singer, Ms. Francis Anne “Princess” Virtudazo, and the best talents from the Filipino community in Israel.

Add a comment
Read more ...

Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

Add a comment
Read more ...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

Add a comment
Read more ...

A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

Add a comment
Read more ...

At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

Add a comment
Read more ...

09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

Add a comment
Read more ...

President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

Add a comment

Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.

The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

Add a comment
Read more ...

A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

Add a comment
Read more ...

Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

Add a comment
Read more ...

"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump Add a comment

Read more ...

JPost.com - Breaking News

Currency Exchange Rate

MARKET MOVERS

NMS : YHOO - 01 Jan,
() After Hours:
Open Mktcap
High 52wk Hight 57.39
Low 52wk Low 35.05
Vol 0 Avg Vol 19.80M
Eps 0.71 P/e
Currency:

Alphabet Inc.

NMS : GOOG - 21 Aug, 4:00pm
906.66
() After Hours:
Open 910.00 Mktcap 628.21B
High 913.00 52wk Hight 988.25
Low 903.40 52wk Low 727.54
Vol 943440 Avg Vol 1.70M
Eps 30.60 P/e 32.86
Currency: USD

Apple Inc.

NMS : AAPL - 21 Aug, 4:00pm
157.21
() After Hours:
Open 157.50 Mktcap 812.03B
High 157.89 52wk Hight 162.51
Low 155.11 52wk Low 102.53
Vol 26.37M Avg Vol 26.85M
Eps 9.02 P/e 17.85
Currency: USD

Weather

Jerusalem Israel Sunny, 29 °C
Current Conditions
Sunrise: 6:9 am   |   Sunset: 7:15 pm
39%     9.8 m/s     31.350 atm
Forecast
Tue Low: 20 °C High: 30 °C
Wed Low: 18 °C High: 31 °C
Thu Low: 18 °C High: 32 °C
Fri Low: 20 °C High: 35 °C
Sat Low: 21 °C High: 35 °C
Sun Low: 21 °C High: 34 °C
Mon Low: 23 °C High: 33 °C
Tue Low: 22 °C High: 33 °C
Wed Low: 21 °C High: 32 °C
Thu Low: 20 °C High: 33 °C

MARKET MOVERS article

NMS : YHOO - 01 Jan,
() After Hours:
Open Mktcap
High 52wk Hight 57.39
Low 52wk Low 35.05
Vol 0 Avg Vol 19.80M
Eps 0.71 P/e
Currency:

Alphabet Inc.

NMS : GOOG - 21 Aug, 4:00pm
906.66
() After Hours:
Open 910.00 Mktcap 628.21B
High 913.00 52wk Hight 988.25
Low 903.40 52wk Low 727.54
Vol 943440 Avg Vol 1.70M
Eps 30.60 P/e 32.86
Currency: USD

Apple Inc.

NMS : AAPL - 21 Aug, 4:00pm
157.21
() After Hours:
Open 157.50 Mktcap 812.03B
High 157.89 52wk Hight 162.51
Low 155.11 52wk Low 102.53
Vol 26.37M Avg Vol 26.85M
Eps 9.02 P/e 17.85
Currency: USD