Herod’s Gate recently reopened after a four-month reconstruction and conservation effort.
National trade show set for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv in December
Israel’s national tourism trade show, Where
Else: Israel, will take place Dec. 2 to 5. The
convention replaces smaller events targeting regions such as Galilee, Eilat and the
Where Else: Israel is free and open to
travel agents, consolidators, airlines and
Israel ups tourism funds
The Tourism Ministry of Israel’s marketing budget will be boosted to nearly $150
million for 2011, up from the $119 million the national government provided for
Israel’s target is to attract 4 million annual visitors by 2012, reaching 5 million by
2015. In 2008, the destination attracted a
record 3 million visitors.
According to Israeli Tourism Minister
Stas Misezhnikov, every 100,000 tourists
create approximately 3,800 new jobs for
The opening event on Dec. 2 will be held
in Jerusalem, and its closing three days later
will take place in Tel Aviv.
Two tour itineraries are available: the
Dead Sea and Eilat or Tiberias, Nazareth,
Akko and Haifa. Each will be offered Dec.
2 to 5 and Dec. 6 to 9.
Accolades for Jerusalem
Users of TripAdvisor.com ranked Jerusalem among the top 10 culture and sightseeing destinations in the world, above
London, Istanbul and Venice.
The listing comes shortly after the read-
ers of Travel + Leisure magazine ranked Je-
rusalem as the “best city in Africa and the
Jerusalem was ranked seventh on the
overall list. Florence, Italy, came in first
place, followed by Washington; Rome;
Paris; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and New
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TripAdvisor.com users ranked Jerusalem seventh among
the world’s top 10 culture and sightseeing destinations.
Pictured, the Western, or Wailing, Wall.
Herod’s Gate reopens
Herod’s Gate, a section of ancient wall in
Jerusalem’s Old City, was recently reopened
to the public.
The walls were closed off for a four-month reconstruction and conservation
period, during which research was under-taken to ensure the stability of the walls
while maintaining their historical significance.
In the wake of the repairs, the stones
comprising the walls were treated and
cleaned, acts of vandalism were removed,
and damaging vegetation was extracted
from the structure.
New electrical light fixtures were also
installed to blend more with the aesthetic
of the walls.
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OCTOBER 4, 2010