Economy and Tourism
- 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 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
The Train in the Colony Ltd. wins the second tender issued by the Israel Lands Administration and the Tourism Ministry to develop hotels in the Jerusalem Ridge compound.
A seven-storey, 150 room hotel with retail space will be built. Two proposals were submitted and the Tenders Committee of the Israel Lands Administration selected the Train in the Colony Ltd. bid of NIS 7.2 million
Hundreds of hotel rooms are expected to be added to the hotel supply in Jerusalem - a process that should reduce the cost of overnight accommodation in the capital. The additional rooms will be built in the Jerusalem Ridge compound opposite the Sherover Promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. The Tourism Ministry financed the marketing costs of the tender and will handle the development, in cooperation with the Israel Lands Administration.
The compound that will be built is among the last significant areas of land in Jerusalem dedicated to the immediate construction of hotels. The site is zoned for six hotels (with four lots being marketed first and the other two at a later stage). The hotel compound also includes land with a listed building, commercial property and an area, common to all the hotels, that will be designated for bus parking. The commercial area will attract visitors from the adjacent promenade, and will serve as an entertainment attraction for tourists and locals alike.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: "This tender is another important step in increasing the hotel room supply in Jerusalem. This tender will add to the hundreds of hotel rooms that have been approved in the last year in the Jerusalem Ridge compound, which will become a tourism complex located in one of the most attractive places, overlooking the Old City basin. I see great importance in strengthening the city of Jerusalem and its position as a magnet for tourists from Israel and around the world."
Acting Director, Israel Lands Administration (ILA) Adiel Shomron: "The Israel Lands Administration considers the strengthening of Jerusalem as a primary goal both in terms of increasing residential housing and in terms of strengthening commerce and tourism in Israel's capital."
Two companies won the first tender to build 580 hotel rooms hotels will be built on the site: Hasid Brothers Contractors and Construction Ltd. and Klir Chemicals. The winners will pay the ILA NIS 7.6 million not including development costs and will build two hotels and commercial space. The second tender, which was published by the ILA in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry, was won by The Train in the Colony Ltd - a plot of 2,563 square meters with building rights of 14,080 square meters of which 400 square meters are for commercial/retail space, at a cost of NIS 7.2 million.
Image of the Jerusalem Ridge compound, courtesy of the Israel Tourism Ministry
- 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.
- 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