New National Tourism Preference Map in Israel
December 25, 2011
The Knesset Finance Committee Approved the New National Tourism Preference Map
Good news for the Tourism in the Holy Land. The building of new hotels for new areas in Israel was a proposal from the Minister of Tourism.
The national tourism preference map will be expanded to include Eilat, the Lower Galilee, the greater Nazareth region, and the Beit She’an Valley. These areas are in addition to the regions already on the map, including the Negev, the Western and Upper Galilee, the Golan, Jerusalem, Netanya and Haifa. Further discussions will be held soon in order to examine the addition of other areas to the map.
Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov, emphasized that: “Expanding the map, which has been done together with the Ministry of Finance, is an expression of the Government of Israel’s confidence in the tourism industry, placing it in the appropriate position in national priorities. These changes will bring about a tremendous contribution from the tourism industry to the Israeli economy including increased revenues, employment in additional regions of the country and improving Israel’s image abroad as an attractive destination for tourists and investors.”
Minister Misezhnikov added that, “The rise in incoming tourism has increased the demand for hotel rooms in the areas that have now been added to the preference map. Adding these areas will bring about the addition of new towns, especially in the periphery of Eilat, to compete with other tourism destinations bordering the Red Sea.”
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