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 Silvia G Golan
"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