El Al tripling flights from Tel Aviv to Luton

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 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 the airport, which is just 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.


Israel tourism chief vows to cut hotel costs

By Sharron Livingston, November 15, 2012

There were record numbers of visitors to Israel in 2011 yet Israel’s tourism minister, Stas Misezhnikov, has an audacious plan to increase visitors by another 40 per cent, by making it cheaper to visit.


Negev named as top travel spot by Lonely Planet

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

Travel guide Lonely Planet has named the Negev desert as one of its top destinations of the year.

The Negev, which covers most of southern Israel, appears in second place on its annual list of ten top regions to visit. The desert area is in the company of Corsica, in France, Mustang in Nepal and the Palawan archipelago in the Philippines.


Israel asks citizens to boost tourism as patriotic duty

By Anthea Gerrie, October 19, 2012

Israelis are being pressed to entice more tourists to the Jewish state as their patriotic duty — with the incentive of winning a holiday at home for themselves.

The Ministry of Tourism is launching a new website this month containing postcards and video clips visitors can use to introduce overseas friends, family and colleagues to the country.


Christian tourism to Israel booming

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

Christian tourism to Israel is booming, according to new figures released by the country's tourism ministry.

In a poll conducted earlier this month, it emerged that 58 per cent of all visitors to the Jewish state were Christians travelling to see sites including the sea of Galilee and Bethlehem.


Eilat hotel worker shot after argument

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2012

A hotel worker has reportedly been fatally wounded by a gunman at a hotel in Eilat.

Details of what happened at the Leonardo Club hotel are still emerging. Dana Zinati, a spokeswoman for the city of Eilat, told Israel's Channel 2 that the man is an American Jewish man in his 20s who came to Israel on a programme that brings American Jews to Israel.


Israeli tourism minister spent Shalit meeting ‘drinking’

By Ben Hartman, September 13, 2012

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov regularly escapes the watchful eye of his security detail and goes out partying until he is completely intoxicated, according to several of his security guards.


Israeli tourists defiant after Bulgaria terror attack

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2012

Hundreds of Jewish tourists shared a Friday night meal in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas days after five Israelis were killed in a terror attack.

The meal was hosted by Chabad rabbi Yosef Solomon, who has also been helping the wounded and their families, as well as supporting Israeli rescue workers.


El Al plane in emergency landing at Heathrow

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2012

Passengers flying from London to Tel Aviv early this morning found their journey was shorter than usual when their El Al plane was forced back after just 20 minutes.


Concern over Jewish tourists in Jordan

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2012

A group of identifiably Jewish visitors to Jordan found their holiday had turned sour after they were set upon by locals.

The six tourists, some of whom were wearing kippot, were in the Al Karak souk when they were reportedly targeted by attackers throwing shoes at them. The tourists were chased out of the market.