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Latest Travel News from Israel - 2010

Israel Ministry of Tourism, North America

  MARCH 2010 Vol. 3 - Issue 3

 

FEBRUARY 2010 SETS NEW RECORD FOR TRAVEL TO ISRAEL

An all-time high of 222,000 travelers arrived in Israel last month, a 46% increase compared with the same period last year. Also, overnight stays in Israel saw an increase of 28% last month with 178,000 travelers. These statistics follow record years for travel to Israel in 2008 and 2009.

 

DESIGN MUSEUM HOLON OPENED THIS MONTH WITH CONTEMPORARY DESIGN EXHIBIT

designmuseumholon2The new Design Museum Holon opened this month with its first exhibit, The State of Things: Design and the 21st Century. The exhibit features more than one hundred examples of contemporary international design, ranging from ordinary household items to life-enhancing technologies such as a jewel-like hearing aid and an efficient water-filtration device. http://www.dmh.org.il/default.aspx


 

2ND JERUSALEM FESTIVAL OF LIGHT ILLUMINATES OLD CITY, JUNE 9-16

jsalemlightfest3The 2nd Jerusalem Festival of Light will transform ancient sites and buildings around the Old City into a magnificent light show, art and music spectacular, June 9-16. The Jerusalem Festival of Light will showcase special attractions and exhibits, including a nocturnal light show every festival evening at the foot of the Old City Ramparts, light displays designed by local and international artists, as well as various street events, performances and a lighting fair in the Byzantine Cardo.


 

ELVIS COSTELLO AND ROD STEWART TO PERFORM IN ISRAEL THIS SUMMER

elviscostelloGrammy Award-winning musicians Elvis Costello and Rod Stewart have announced plans to perform in Israel on their respective summer world tours. Costello will perform in Israel for the first time at the Caesarea Amphitheater, June 30, and Rod Stewart will perform at Ramat Gam Stadium in Tel Aviv, July 1, his first concert in Israel in 23 years. The concerts follow performances by Metallica and Bob Dylan scheduled for earlier this year.

 

AIRLINES TO LAUNCH NEW SERVICE FROM EUROPE TO TEL AVIV'S BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

bengurion1Several airlines announced plans this month to launch new service to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.Israir will launch two weekly flights between Ben Gurion International Airport and Basel Airport beginning March 24. Germanwings will offer two weekly flights from Cologne to Tel Aviv, starting March 30.  Also, low-fare carrier easyJet will launch four new weekly flights between Geneva and Tel Aviv, and TAP will launch a new direct route between Lisbon and Tel Aviv this fall.


 

COLLECTION OF WARHOL PAINTINGS DONATED TO TEL AVIV DIASPORA MUSEUM

kafkawarholA collection of portraits painted by Andy Warhol has been donated this month to the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv for an upcoming exhibit. The collection, "Ten Portraits of 20th Century Jews," includes a portfolio of silkscreen prints on paper and features portraits of Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka and Golda Meir.


 

1,200-YEAR-OLD ARABIC INSCRIPTION DISCOVERED DURING EXCAVATIONS IN JERUSALEM

arabinscriptionA rare 1,200-year-old marble plaque containing an Arabic inscription by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Muqtadir was discovered last month during excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem. The 20-by-20-centimeter fragment contains three lines of Arabic script that is believed to be from the estate owned by the Abbasid Caliph. Also, Arabic-inscribed ceramic vessels, glass vessels and coins that range in date from the Second Temple period to the Middle Ages were unearthed during the excavation.


 

SIR ROGER MOORE VISITS TEL AVIV

sirrogermooreGolden Globe Award-winning British actor and former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore stayed at the Dan Tel Aviv last month, where he is pictured, right, with Etai Eliaz, General Manager of the Dan Tel Aviv. Sir Roger Moore was in Israel for the 5th Eilat Chamber Music Festival where he gave a special poetry reading dedicated to UNICEF'S efforts in Africa.


 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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