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Israel to Reopen Tourism in May


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Vaccinated tourists will be permitted in Israel beginning in the middle of May and the country launches a global campaign to encourage people to visit this year. That was announced by Israeli Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen on Tuesday.

Speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv, she noted that “Israel today is a world leader in health and safety, and we will make sure all potential visitors know this when planning a summer or winter vacation.”

Next month, Israel will allow a limited number of groups that are vaccinated to enter, before allowing the entry of unlimited numbers of groups in June, she explained, adding that the goal is for individual travelers to be permitted to enter flying in July.

Although Farkash-Hacohen acknowledged some criticism, he added that a gradual reopening was crucial in order not to put Israeli citizens at risk.

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“Dubai has great potential for tourism in Israel,” said Farkash-Hacohen. “There is no doubt we will see rapid growth in tourism in all three countries in a short amount of time.”

The ministry will also be promoting several large, international events, including the Tel Aviv Pride Parade, which will be held live this year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic; a special Abraham Cycling Cup tour in partnership with philanthropist Sylvan Adams, which will see Israel and the UAE co-host the annual Tour of Dubai bike race; and an international music festival in Timna Park in the Negev Desert, north of the Israeli resort city of Eilat.

The ministry will also reinstate a directive to encourage foreign airlines to fly to Ramon International Airport outside Eilat.

Farkash-Hacohen said: “It is not only my obligation to the Eilat residents to ensure inbound tourism I am also making a clear statement to the entire tourism industry that we are preparing to resume tourism on a massive scale as soon as possible.”

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