Tourism

Record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

More British tourists travelled to Israel in the last 12 months than in any other year, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism showed a record year, with 3.54 million people from around the world visiting in 2013.

That represented a one per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

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Sun, sea and kassams? Gaza border promoted as tourist destination

By Anthea Gerrie, January 2, 2014

It is cut off from beautiful beaches by barbed wire and a target for missiles, but the area around the Gaza border is being touted as Israel’s newest tourist attraction.

That’s according to the Tourism Ministry, which is throwing NIS 2 million (£350,000) at an area visitors have avoided for years over safety fears.

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Early New Year boosts tourism to Israel

By Sharron Livingston, September 13, 2013

The early arrival of the Jewish New Year is proving to be a sweet one for tourism in Israel this September.

Jewish travellers have taken advantage of the proximity of the High Holy Days to the traditional holiday month of August to take an early break in the holy land.

In addition, 8,000 Christians are heading to Jerusalem to attend the Festival of Tabernacles from September 21-25.

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Wish you were here?

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

For most British teenagers, a one-month tour of Israel at the age of 16 is a rite of passage. For some, the experience marks their first visit to the Jewish state. For others, it is a chance to renew acquaintance with Israel — social and tanning opportunities included — after completing their GCSEs.

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Fowey hall

July 31, 2013

There’s something satisfying about sitting in a tractor-drawn tourist train being dragged around the streets of a seaside town and hearing the guide describe the hotel you’re staying in as posh and the guests as lucky.

Especially if you’re about to make your way back there after a spot of lunch at one of the waterside restaurants.

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Calcot manor

July 31, 2013

Only older children are allowed upstairs in the play centre at Calcot. The winding staircase from the soft toy area where smiley ladies help babies play with trains even has a gate little fingers can’t open.

Up there in the mini loft with its scatter-cushioned cinema and football table, everything is X-boxed and Playstationed to the rafters. A teenage dream.

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Israel plans new railway lines, to run through West Bank

By Alexandra Krendel, July 25, 2013

Plans for a West Bank railway plan serving both Israelis and Palestinians are going ahead, despite the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to co-operate with the proposal.

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Martin Lewis's hot travel money tips

By Martin Lewis, July 11, 2013

Far too many people pay too much just to pay when abroad. So if you’re planning a trip away this summer, now’s the time to ensure you get more bang for your bucks, euros or dong (the Vietnamese currency, of course).

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Official rankings on way at last for Israeli hotels

By Sharron Livingston, June 20, 2013

Israel is set to introduce a ranking system for its hotels after two decades in which companies decided for themselves how to rate the accommodation they provided.

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My role as David Attenborough

By Maureen Lipman, June 4, 2013

My partner's idea of a good holiday is a 13-hour flight to a bus to a port to a ship to a dinghy to a rock to an oversized tortoise. Mine is a family-run hotel with a pool, walking distance of a village with a good restaurant and, preferably, something to look at. This time he won. I admit it was interesting. I did marvel. I did see nature at its most natural.

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