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Israel Travel News - March 2010

Israel Ministry of Tourism, North America


 

  APRIL 2010 Vol. 3 - Issue 4

 

MARCH 2010 SETS ANOTHER RECORD FOR TRAVEL TO ISRAEL

An all-time high of 313,000 travelers arrived in Israel last month, a 56% increase over the same period last year, and a 9% increase compared to the previous record set in March 2000. Also, travel to Israel saw a 54% increase in the first quarter of 2010, compared to the same period last year. These statistics follow record years for travel to Israel in 2008 and 2009.

 

MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV TO PERFORM IN ISRAEL THIS SUMMER

baryshnikovLegendary dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov will perform in Israel in a joint performance with Ana Laguna, June 26 and 28-29. The performance, entitled "Three solos and a duet," will include choreography by Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepied and Alexei Ratmansky. The concerts will take place at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv on June 26 and at the Herzliya Center for the Performing Arts on June 28 and 29.


 

TEL AVIV ANNOUNCES NEW BIKE SHARE PROGRAM

telavivbicyclerentalThe city of Tel Aviv will launch a new bicycle share program next year. The bike system, modeled after similar programs in Paris and other European cities, will allow tourists to pick up a bicycle at one of 100 rental stations in central locations around the city and drop it off near their destination.


 

BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SEES INCREASE IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC IN FEBRUARY 2010

bengurion1Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport saw a total of 666,630 passengers in February 2010, a 20% increase compared to the same period last year. Also, a total of 40,936 passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport on domestic flights, a 32.87% increase compared to February 2009.


 

EILAT TO SEE NEW OLYMPIC-SIZED ICE SKATING RINK, SPRING 2011

A new olympic-sized ice skating rink will open next year in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat. The 19,375-square-foot rink will be built inside a new multi-level shopping mall and host ice hockey tournaments, international competitions, evening performances and offer private lessons with Israeli and international skating instructors.

 

JERUSALEM BIBLICAL ZOO RANKS AS TOP TOURIST DESTINATION IN ISRAEL IN RECENT POLL

jerusalembiblicalzooThe Jerusalem Biblical Zoo ranked as the most popular tourist destination of Israelis in a recent poll by Dun's 100 released last month. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo received 738,304 visitors in 2009, a 7.4% increase compared to the previous year. Ramat Gan Safari ranked second and Masada, last year's top destination, placed third. www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/len


 

MELANIE DANIEL ART COLLECTION ON DISPLAY AT TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART

melaniedaniel1A new display, entitled "Evergreen," featuring the work of Canadian-Israeli artist Melanie Daniel, opened this month at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The exhibit showcases paintings based around the theme of camouflage and human blending into various environments. www.tamuseum.com


 

NEW HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR ART COLLECTION OPENS AT YAD VASHEM IN JERUSALEM

yadvashemA new exhibition, entitled Virtues of Memory: Six Decades of Holocaust Survivors' Creativity, opened this month at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem. The exhibition will showcase the creative works of more than 300 Holocaust survivors, including Samuel Bak, Marcel Janco, Paul Kor and Friedel Stern, in addition to pieces created by amateur artists. www.yadvashem.com


 

FRESH PAINT ART FAIR SHOWCASES ISRAELI ARTISTS IN TEL AVIV, MAY 5-8

freshpaintThe Fresh Paint Art Fair will showcase contemporary Israeli artists at the Jaffa Harbor in Tel Aviv, May 5-8. Fresh Paint will include an artists' greenhouse featuring the works of independent Israeli artists, as well as lectures, community service projects and a video lounge highlighting an exhibition of local and Israeli artists' video works. www.freshpaint.co.il/EN


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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Testimonials from our Travelers

Hi Sara,

Gary and I made it home safely Sunday evening.  Our flight from Philly to Phoenix was cancelled, so it took an extra 8 hours, but it worked out fine.  Our extra three days with our friend was wonderful!  The Jerusalem School she teaches at accepts all children, regardless of ability to pay.  The children were from many backgrounds and I enjoyed each of them.

First, I wanted to thank-you.  You and your company attended to every detail to make our trip amazing.  I will be recommending you to every church pastor I meet!  Personally, I enjoyed the few conversations I had with you.  You are a very special person and I enjoyed getting to know you a bit. Secondly, Gary and I still owe you for the cost of Tressa's meal on the departure night.  Please let us know that cost and I can either give you our credit card or mail you a check.

You and Jerusalem Tours will be in my heart for a long time!  You have been a huge blessing in my life!

Best Wishes,
Roxanne Small