Champagne welcome for inaugral Eilat flight

By Jan Shure, December 15, 2009

Around 150 passengers were given a champagne welcome when they flew into Eilat City airport on the inaugural Isrotel Sun Express flight from Luton on Sunday night.

The flight – the first of a programme running through the winter – was arranged by the UK-owned hotel chain to provide direct flights between London and the Red Sea Resort.

Rafi Sadeh, managing director of Isrotel said they had decided to provide the charter flights for those booking packages at their hotels to “keep the UK market alive”.


Viva Tel Aviv, a city of endless reinvention

By Jenni Frazer, October 15, 2009

It’s midnight outside the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and the place is humming. The last cinema-goers have left but the open courtyard in front is suddenly a mass of wheels — bicycles and trollies, but most of all rollerskates.


Easyjet launches Tel Aviv flights

By Jan Shure, July 8, 2009

EasyJet, the budget airline, has announced plans to fly to Israel with six flights a week between Luton and Tel Aviv, launching on November 2.

The Luton-based airline is offering single fares from £71.98 and return fares from £102.98, including all taxes. It will also cost £8 each way to check in a bag. Flights will depart daily, except Friday and have now been launched on the firm's website, where hotels are also on offer from £80 per night.

Andy Harrison, easyJet’s chief executive, described the launch as “a major breakthrough”.


JNF: Projects bloom in desert sand

By Jenni Frazer, July 2, 2009

As far as the eye can see, there is sand. Somewhere over the horizon to the south west, there is Egypt; Gaza is close by, too. But one can see no landmarks, no signposts.

And then you turn on your heel and you see familiar net-covered structures, signifying Israeli agri-tech. And right here, in the middle of this vast Negev nothingness, a group of people are growing food in the sand.


New complaint over Israeli tourist poster

By Jan Shure, Travel Editor, May 21, 2009

The Israel Government Tourist Office in London is once again under investigation by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority for an advertisement promoting holidays to Israel.

The latest complaint is over a poster which features a map of Israel that includes the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, beneath the slogan “Experience Israel”. The poster is part of a £40,000 IGTO Think.Israel campaign.

The complaint was lodged with the advertising watchdog last Friday by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


Analysis: Why this had to happen

By Jan Shure - Travel Editor, May 13, 2009

The launch of direct flights to Eilat this winter by the resort’s leading hotel chain, Isrotel, is an acknowledgement of both the importance of the UK market to the Red Sea city, and also a realisation that if potential visitors have to endure lengthy and inconvenient journeys they will simply choose to go elsewhere.


Hotels in Israel and London, cycling in France, rail travel in Venice

By Lucy Miller, March 19, 2009

The Sheraton Hotel in Tiberias on the shores of Galilee has been given a special award by the Israel Tour Guides Association. The guides have given the hotel a Certificate of Appreciation for improving the image of Israel for tourists, and for the quality of service and the warmth of their welcome. Bookable through Israel specialist operators or with Sheraton (; 800 325 35353)


Easyjet considers Tel Aviv

By Jan Shure, March 12, 2009

Leading low-cost operator Easyjet is in discussions with Israeli tourism authorities about the launch of flights to Tel Aviv later this year.

The JC can confirm that “at least two” senior members of the airline’s commercial team were in Jerusalem last week for discussions with Israeli Tourism Ministry officials about the opening of a route between London -Luton and Ben-Gurion, probably in September.


Tribute to Englishman who put Eilat on map

By Jan Shure, March 12, 2009

Hundreds of people stood in the sunshine last Friday at a special ceremony held to honour David Lewis, the British Jew who helped transform the formerly sleepy southern town of Eilat into the now thriving Israeli resort.

To mark his contribution, the town chose the 60th annual Eilat Day celebrations to name a new walkway the David Lewis Promenade.


Late-night museums, food festival and entertainment across Jerusalem

December 5, 2008

Jerusalem is again hosting its main cultural, city-wide event during the first three weekends in December, 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20. The event is known as Hamshushalayim – a combination of Hamshush, which is Hebrew slang for the long Israeli weekend which stretches from Thursday to Saturday, and Jerusalem.