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TOURISM TO ISRAEL CONTINUES TO SOAR IN 2008

In a benchmark year for tourism to Israel, yet another record has been set with nearly 1.7 million tourists arriving in Israel from January to July, a 41% increase compared to the same period last year. A growth of 22% was reported in July, compared to July 2007, with 260,000 tourists traveling to Israel. Israel expects a record-high 3 million tourists to arrive in 2008, a 50% increase compared to last year.

 

PAUL MCCARTNEY SCHEDULES 

FIRST-EVER PERFORMANCE IN ISRAEL
FOR SEPTEMBER 2008

Israel Ministry of Tourism, North AmericaInternational music icon Paul McCartney will perform before an audience of 70,000 in Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv's 1,000-acre recreational sanctuary, on September 25th. The original Beatles member is slated to play classic Beatles songs in addition to hits from his celebrated solo career during his first-ever performance in Israel. The concert is expected to last three hours and initial indications are that plane-loads of Europeans will be flying in for the evening.

 

 

JERUSALEM HOLY SITES SEE DRAMATIC INCREASE IN TOURISM

Israel Ministry of Tourism, North AmericaIn a record-breaking year for tourism to Israel, visits to holy sites in the eastern part of Jerusalem have increased 28% during the first six months of 2008 as compared to the same period last year. Historical sites around the Old City's walls- the Ophel Archeological Park and the Roman Square in front of the Damascus Gate have seen a dramatic boost in visitors this year, and Zedekiah's Cave, the 5-acre underground limestone quarry, has seen an 86% increase from April to June 2008.

 

 

JERUSALEM'S INDEPENDENCE PARK TO RECEIVE MODERN-DAY MAKEOVER

Israel Ministry of Tourism, North AmericaA new initiative was recently launched to renovate Jerusalem's Independence Park into a recreational and cultural hotspot, based on the prototype of Central Park in Manhattan. Independence Park will be transformed into an exciting venue boasting chic cafes, vending stalls and a new main stage for outdoor concerts and performances. The Independence Park renovation project will also include upgraded lighting facilities, a new water park near Beit Agron and a second entrance to the park accessible from Aragon Street.

 

 

NEW TOURIST INFORMATION BOOTHS HIT THE STREETS OF TEL AVIV

Israel Ministry of Tourism, North AmericaThis summer, the city of Tel Aviv has released new mobile-information kiosks onto its tourist-concentrated streets. Trained stewards manning the distinctive Segway-designed kiosks will provide visitors with directions and information on sites and events around the city. The mobile kiosks, located in the Marina Tel Aviv, Shlomo Lahat Promenade, Old Jaffa, the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and Rothschild Boulevard, will operate seven days a week, from 1:00-7:00p.m.  


NEW EXERCISE TRAIL TO OPEN IN TEL AVIV'S HAYARKON PARK

Israel Ministry of Tourism, North AmericaHayarkon Park, Tel Aviv's 1,000- acre green sanctuary, has recently unveiled plans to open a 3 ½ mile exercise path early this month. The estimated $140,000 walkway, stretching from Hayarkon Bridge to Ramat Gan's Ayalon Mall, will boast new benches, water fountains and signs displaying various exercise routines.  The Tel Aviv Municipality is also organizing various walking groups conducted by certified trainers along the pathway, free of charge.


 

MED RED RALLY ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL SAILING EXPERTS TO ISRAEL

Israel Ministry of Tourism, North AmericaSailors from over fifteen countries recently gathered in Israel for the 4th annual Med Red Sea Rally, a yachting expedition through the Suez Canal, Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea.  Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor Yael Dayan kicked off the event with an inaugural speech preceding a festive ceremony at the city's Marina. The fleet of 18 yachts made stops to Port Said, Marina Finike and the Red Sea port of Eilat, and capped the tour with a commemorative dinner at the Marmaris Yacht Marina in Turkey.

 

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Testimonials from our Travelers

Hi Sara,

What a wonderful time Ken and I had in Israel. It was such an overwhelming spiritual and emotional experience. Our tour guide, Joam , was a wealth of Israel history. He provided us with sites and information that took us back in time. It was amazing!  It was also very nice to meet your brother at our last dinner together.

The renewal of our 50th marriage vows in Cana was extraordinary, especially the little party of wine and sweets after the ceremony. Going that extra mile was appreciated.

Pastor Giles showed us everyday what a good shepherd he is by being concerned with his flock of people 24 hours a day X 10 days. He was always there ready to help each and everyone who needed help. We experienced that when our luggage was tagged, by the check in person in Israel, to go straight to Raleigh. So when we landed in JFK Ken and I started toward the AA terminal. However, we did not realize that instead our luggage landed at JFK. Pastor Giles saw our luggage, phoned us, and told us he would make sure that our luggage went to Raleigh. He didn't have to do that, the tour was over, and that was our responsibility.  Instead, he again took care of us just like a good shepherd.  What a glorious ending to our tour when we saw our luggage coming down the carousal. Thank you ABBA and Pastor Giles.

We sincerely thank everyone involved in our trip.
Ken and Pat Kasprzyk