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Four GALAXY S4 smartphones sold every second

 SEOUL, Korea – May 23, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that global channel sales of its GALAXY S4, a life companion for a richer, fuller, simpler life, has surpassed 10 million units sold in less than one month after its commercial debut. Launched globally on April 27, the phone is estimated to be selling at a rate of four units per second.

 The GALAXY S4 sets a new record for Samsung, generating sales quicker than any of its predecessors. Sales of the GALAXY S III reached the 10-million mark 50 days after its launch in 2012, while the GALAXY S II took five months and the GALAXY S seven months to reach the same milestone.

 
GOOD RETURN ON MARKETING INVESTMENT BY THE TOURISM MINISTRY AFTER OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENSE: NIS 33 MILLION CAMPAIGN INVESTED IN ISRAEL AND OVERSEAS FOR A RETUNR OF NIS 400 MILLION FROM INCOMING TOURISM AND NIS 150 MILLION FOR DOMESTIC TOURISM
TOURISM MINISTER DR. UZI LANDAU: “Once again, the numbers prove the great value of the tourism industry; this is a direct and positive relationship: about NIS 15 of income for every shekel spent on marketing. A significant amount goes directly to the periphery and helps provide and maintain employment. The marketing activities of the ministry should be increased with the different target markets”.


Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi: “Israel is very well suited to the conference and incentive market – it is a modern, vibrant country with Jerusalem at its center and its advantages include a good year-round climate for events, its relatively small size that allows for easy, fast access from everywhere and its varied geography.”

The Ministry of Tourism promotes international conventions in Israel and is working to establish Israel as a major player in the incentive market. To this end, the ministry has recently launched a dedicated website promoting Israel as a unique destination for international conferences and incentive travel, under the slogan  “Israel. One place. Endless Possibilities”.

At the working meeting today (Wednesday, 8 May 2013), between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang , Finance Ministry Accountant-General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu signed an agreement with the Chinese Finance Ministry on expanding the amount provided for in the bilateral financial protocol by $400 million.

The protocol is a bilateral financial agreement that allows for the growth of Israeli exports to China by means of state guarantees in support of long-term export deals. In this framework, exporters' financing costs go down, which makes Israeli deals more attractive and allows Israel to stay relevant and interesting in the sphere of international exports.