Battle of the maps takes a new turn

By Simon Rocker, April 4, 2012

The Israel Government Tourist Office has been cleared of breaching advertising standards for a promotion of Jerusalem in the latest battle over tourism publicity.

More than a half dozen complaints over adverts for Israel or the Palestinian Territories have been adjudicated by the Advertising Standards Authority over the past three years.

Only a fortnight ago, the ASA upheld a complaint again


Elvis in Tel Aviv: an Israel tour with a rock 'n roll twist

By Michaela Walters, March 29, 2012

A Florida based holiday company has announced that they will be conducting an Elvis themed tour around Israel.

Brian Mayes, the co-founder of Israel Theme Tours, told Business Week that the tour, which is scheduled for May 2013, will not include Elvis impersonators as fans "don't like cheesy Elvis stuff", but rather will be a classic tour of Israel.


Tel Aviv 'sexiest city'

By Jessica Elgot, March 7, 2012

Swimwear supermodel Bar Refaeli probably helped tip the scales in favour of Tel Aviv- which has been voted one of the sexiest cities in the world.

The Israeli city is number 10 in a Traveller’s Digest list of the “Cities with the Best Looking Men” and seven for the world’s hottest women.


Kosher McDonald's to close at Israel's Ben Gurion

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

Fans of the pre-flight kosher McDonald's meal at Ben Gurion airport will have to find a new place to eat before they board.

The fast-food chain, which has two outlets at Israel’s main airport, will be replaced by Burger Ranch.

According to Ynet, the Israeli company has won a bid to operate exclusively at the airport for the next seven years.


Case closed: now I’m wearing my luggage

October 27, 2011

Next week El Al is cutting back on its luggage allowances, restricting economy passengers to 23kg and just one bag. So what is the answer to every Jewish traveller's eternal problem - how to arrive at your destination (particularly if you are flying to Israel) with as much as possible in your luggage, while simultaneously avoiding huge extra baggage charges?


Off to Israel for Succot? Don't take your lulav

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

It has been several years since air passengers could travel with nail scissors, tweezers or even shampoo as hand luggage, but now even lulavs and etrogs are on the list of banned goods.

Israel's Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has announced that lulavs, along with willow and myrtle plants, cannot be brought in to the country at all.


Survival fears after hippo flips Israeli man's boat

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

An Israeli lawyer has been reported missing after his boat was attacked by wild animals on a river in Zambia.

Aviyam Yariv was sailing on the Zambezi River with his two children when a hippopotamus flipped the boat over, knocking the family into the water.

His children were able to escape and find dry land but Mr Yariv, 39, was not wearing a life jacket and was swept away.


Thrill-seekers told to head to Israel for holiday

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

Israel has been named a top destination for the thrill-seeking tourist.

The country was labelled the number one choice for adventure tourism in the third annual survey by the Adventure Travel Development Index (ATDI).


Israelis warned of riot security on UK visits

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

Israel has issued a travel advisory to any citizens planning a trip to the UK.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office frequently issues guidance to travellers planning on going to Israel, but this week the tables turned.

As images of rioting and looting were transmitted on television screens around the world, the Israeli Foreign Ministry stopped short of issuing a serious travel warning.


River Island founder David Lewis dies at 87

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

The founder of one of Israel’s most prominent hotel chains and the clothing company River Island has died in London.

David Lewis, who set up Isrotel 30 years ago, was 87 and was diagnosed with cancer last year.

A successful businessman, he was credited with developing Eilat as a popular tourist resort after he opened the Isrotel King Solomon Hotel there in 1980.