Economy and Tourism
- Written by Ministry of Tourism
The Tourism Ministry to provide free shuttle transport between Jerusalem and Bethlehem for Christmas Mass celebrations
Tourism Minister today hosted a pre-Christmas reception for Church leaders in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, December 13, 2016 - Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and representatives from the Tourism Ministry today hosted the traditional pre-Christmas reception for leaders of the Christian communities and churches in Israel at the Shimshon Center, Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem. The minister sent season’s greetings for Christmas to the Christian communities and invited the faithful around the world to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: "I welcome you and the believers from your communities who are expected to arrive in Israel for the Christmas holiday and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are doing our utmost to ensure that their stay in Israel will be successful and enjoyable. The ministry invests significantly throughout the year in the conservation and upgrading of Christian sites in order to ensure that every Christian can visit the sites that are sacred for him and find them in good order, as befits their status. I invite you to visit the holy sites and enjoy the uniquely powerful religious and spiritual experience of the Holy Land."
Also participating in the reception were the Director-General of the Tourism Ministry Amir Halevi, His Beatitude Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III, the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch Nourhan Manoogian, the Custodian of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton, His Eminence Vatican Ambassador Giuseppe Lazzarotto , representative of the Latin Patriarchate Bishop William Shumali – Latin Patriarchate, Executive Director of the Christian Embassy Dr. Jurgen Buhler and representatives from many other Christian communities in Israel. Also in attendance were Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic community and representatives of
government and private bodies involved in promoting Christian tourism to the Holy Land.
The Tourism Ministry is working to welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to arrive in Israel for the Christmas period. According to Tourism Ministry statistics, over half of all incoming tourists to Israel were Christian. The ministry estimates that approximately 120,000 tourists will visit Israel in December, of whom half are Christian.
From 15:00 on Christmas Eve (December 24) through to 03:00 on Christmas Day, the Ministry of Tourism will offer free shuttle transportation, helping pilgrims travelling between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Buses will leave every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from the bus stop near the Carta Parking lot (opposite Jaffa Gate and near to the Mamilla Boulevard). The bus will also stop near the entrance to the Mar Elias Monastery, and at the Rosmarin junction, before continuing via Rachel's Crossing to Bethlehem - and then back again. There may be changes to the schedule due to demand. Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism will welcome tourists and pilgrims at Rachel’s Crossing with a small gift in the spirit of the holiday. The ministry will also provide a firework display during the traditional Christmas parade in Nazareth.
Photo credit: Jorge Novominsky
- Written by Silvia G Golan
The promotional event for the COSMOPROF exhibition, which took place on December 5th, brought together the top producers and local importers in the cosmetic and beauty product industries with senior representatives of the international exhibition and representatives of the Union of Italian Cosmetic Manufacturers, Cosmetica Italia. The goal of this first meeting was to lay the groundwork for an international cosmetics exhibition to take place in March 2017.
Representatives of the Italian Trade Agency, in cooperation with the organizers of COSMOPROF Bologna and with the assistance of the Israel Export Institute, held the first event of its kind in Israel on December 5th in Tel Aviv. Among the guests were Gigi Cosmetic Laboratories Deputy General Manager Haim Zer, Orly Sagi, Christina Israel Cosmetics Manager, Dr. Dov Klein and Cinzia Klein from Clinica Dr Klein, Sharon Baruch Manager Dr Klein Cosmetics , business development executive Israel Chamber Na’ama Myers, and John L. Pezzino from Sanwa Packaging.
The goals of the event were to advance commercial partnerships between Israel and Italy, and the event included tens of leading producers and local importers in the cosmetics and beauty products industry, senior representatives of the international exhibition and representatives of the Union of Italian Cosmetic Manufacturers, Cosmetica Italia, the Italian Ambassador to Israel, and the head of the Italian Trade Agency in Israel.
During the event, the representative of the COSMOPROF exhibition, Antonia Benvegnu, presented the innovations anticipated in the 50th version of the exhibition. Manzetti Gianni, the representative of the Union of Italian Cosmetics Producers, offered information on cosmetics in Italy and on the strengths of the Italian cosmetics industry. Mr. Gianni is also the owner of the large hair product company Farmen ICD. Franceso Maria Talo, spoke about the commercial ties between Israel and Italy in the cosmetics and beauty products industries. In addition, Michele M. Superchi, from the trend finding company BeautyStreams, presented a forecast on what to expect in beauty product innovations at the next exhibition.
The event was intended to strengthen ties and networking between local producers and importers and Italian representatives. Of the participants, a select group was chosen to fly to Bologna as guests of the Italian Trade Agency to participate in the largest beauty exhibition in the world, COSMOPROF Worldwide Bologna.
Participation in the exhibition provides Israeli producers an opportunity to present the most cutting edge cosmetic and beauty products to the Italian market and to sign strategic business partnerships.
The COSMOPROF exhibition is the most important cosmetics expo in the world, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Every year thousands of producers from all over the globe attend the conference in order to develop commercial ties with Italian suppliers in the cosmetics and beauty industries. For example, at the most recent exhibition over 2,500 companies from 150 countries presented their products in front of 250,000 visitors.
Photo Silvia Golan
- Written by KKL
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
- Written by Ministry of Tourism
Tourism Ministry to host about 130 tour operators from around the world - most of them on their first visit to Israel - . 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.
- Written by Ministry of Economy
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 at the Wix Auditorium at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Conference organizers are 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.
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.