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“TOURISM IS A BRIDGE FOR PEACE AND THAT IS WHY I AM HERE” DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE BETHLEHEM HOTELS ASSOCIATION GEORGE ABU ATA TODAY AT THE HERZLIYA CONFERENCE ON TOURISM

“Tourism is a bridge for peace and that is why I am here, in order to explain what is going on in Bethlehem in terms of tourism. Tourists are coming in to Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and Herodion and because overnight accommodation is cheaper there. Pilgrims feel good in Bethlehem, especially in the family hotels.”

“IN LIGHT OF THE STEPS TAKEN BY THE TOURISM MINISTRY, I ESTIMATE THAT THE IMPACT OF OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENSE ON TOURISM WILL BE A FEW PERCENTAGE POINTS DECREASE IN INCOMING TOURISM, PERHAPS NO MORE THAN 3-4% AND THE EFFECTS OF THE OPERATION WILL BE BEHIND US BY MAY 2013.” TOURISM MINISTRY DIRECTOR-GENERAL NOAZ BAR-NIR













           
  The water of the natural spring located in the vicinity of the Rogaška Spa, contains a very high concentration of natural magnesium 


Israel welcomes guests for the IMTM in Tel Aviv: a special delegation, hailing from one of the most well known health resorts in Europe, Rogaška in Slovenia, is due to arrive in Israel in the next few days, to take part in a special event , at the residence of Slovenian ambassador, Alenka Suhadolnik, in Herzliya Pituach. Dr. Zdenko Orožim, a famous Slovenian plastic surgeon, will lecture on new rejuvenating treatment methods.
Health resort and spa Rogaška is located in close proximity to both Slovenian and Croatian capitals, Zagreb and Ljubljana, in a magical forested valley, surrounded by green hills. Not  far from the resort is the place where the unique, mineral waters of the Donat gush forth from deep within the earth. Rich in magnesium and other vital minerals, this water has contributed to the resort’s evolvement into one of the most well known and attractive spas in all of Europe. Rogaška Spa prides itself in centuries of tradition. In its center is a large, well maintained structure that serves as a health and body care center, offering treatments in numerous health related fields. The resort attracts many visitors from all over the world, including Israel:  a few thousand Israeli tourists visit the resort each year.

At 10:00 AM, on February 6th, 2013, the two countries will host a joint event entitled “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia”, to promote and encourage Israeli tourism to both magical neighboring countries, located at the heart of Europe

In preparation for The 2013 International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) in Tel Aviv, Croatia and Slovenia will host on February 6th, 2013 a special joint event, intended to promote both countries’ relations with Israeli tourism operators, as well as to encourage the Israeli tourist to visit the two magical neighboring countries, located at the heart of Europe. This is the third consecutive time the two countries host a shared event for the IMTM.

DESPITE OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENSE WHICH CAUSED A DECREASE IN TOURIST ENTRIES IN DECEMBER, THE YEAR 2012 ENDED WITH 5% INCREASE ON 2011:

20% INCREASE FROM RUSSIA

16% INCREASE FROM ASIA

12% INCREASE FROM ITALY

8% INCREASE FROM HOLLAND

7% INCREASE FROM EUROPE