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.


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.


Just how far will flight costs fall?

By Sharron Livingston, May 25, 2013

I never thought I would say this, but British travellers can finally look forward to cheaper fares to Israel. This is because after eight years of negotiations, and incessant lobbying by former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, an Israel-European Union open skies agreement was signed last month.


Cost of flights set to tumble

By Sandy Rashty and Sharron Livingston, May 17, 2013

Holidaymakers received a double dose of good news this week with a prediction that the cost of flights to Israel are set to be slashed, and a U-turn by the Israeli government over its proposal to levy 18 per cent VAT on tourism.


Opening the skies

May 17, 2013

Last week, we highlighted the benefits to consumers that will flow from the injection of competition into the kosher meat market. This week's news is, if anything, even better. Flights to Israel have always been falsely high.


Israel tourism posters are defaced in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, May 2, 2013

Posters promoting tourism to Israel have been defaced in Cork, Ireland. The adverts, urging people to “Visit Israel”, were placed in bus shelters in the city last week, but a number were vandalised within 24 hours.


Budget airline Jet2 to end Manchester to Israel route

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2013

Budget airline Jet2 will stop running its Manchester to Israel route later this year.

The company began low-cost flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport almost four years ago.

It announced this week that the "difficult decision" had been taken to remove the route, but would not give a further explanation.


Cost and fears of terror limit Israel tourism

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Israel is a less attractive travel destination for tourists due to increasing hotel prices and the impact of terrorism on business, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum.


Israel not attractive for tourists, says survey

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2013

Israel is an unattractive travel destination for tourists due to escalating prices, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum.

The competitive economic survey, conducted last weekend by the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report (TTCR), ranked Israel 53rd out of the 140 countries listed.


El Al to triple flights to Luton

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2013

El Al is to triple the number of flights it runs to Luton Airport.

From March the airline, Israel’s national carrier, will be operating six weekly flights — up from just two a week — to Luton, north of London.

That number will rise by another five in June, meaning that by the summer 22 flights will operate from Tel Aviv into London and the surrounding area every week.