Good News for Israel Travelers?

We think so. The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Israel’s Ministry of Tourism wants to implement a national hotel rating system.

Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov, Israel’s Minister of Tourism says the intention is to “bring transparency back to the hotel industry ” by putting all participating hotels on a level playing field of rating. He also suggests the move will promote competition.

Discipleship Travel LLC believes this is a win for the consumer because the new rating system will compare all hotels according to the same criteria, and hotels will not be able to rate themselves. This will not only help the consumer make a more educated choice, but should prevent hotels from falsely elevating their ratings, and thus create honest competition. Honest competition in the marketplace usually means better service and lower prices for the consumer, which means we can provide tours at even better prices.

Now, we wait to see if the legislation is passed and implemented.

HT: TB @

UPDATE: Another, more detailed article about Israel’s hotel industry is here.

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Do I need travel insurance or can I use my US-based health insurance?

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Thinking of the Cross, Today

Do I need any shots before I travel to Israel?

Currently, travelers from the United States are not required to get any inoculations prior to entering Israel. Other nationalities should enquire at the Israeli Embassy or consulate closest to their home. (See below.)

More health/disease information, including travel warnings and tips, is available from the Center for Disease Control.

Below is a list of locations, hours and contact information of Israeli consulates in the United States.

1100 Spring St. N.W., Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tel:            404-487-6500
Fax:           404-487-6555 

Mon-Thurs      9:30am – 1:00pm

20 Park Plaza, Suite 1020
Boston, MA 02116
Tel:            617-535-0200
Fax:           617-535-0255

Mon-Fri      10:00am – 1:00pm
(Visits by appointment only)

111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1308
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel:            312-297-4800
Fax:           312-297-4855
Mon-Thurs     9:30am – 1:00pm

24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1500
Houston, TX 77046
Tel:            713-627-
Fax:           713-627-0149
Mon-Fri     9:30am – 12:30pm
(except national and Jewish holidays)

Los Angeles
6380 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel:            323-852-5500
Fax:           323-852-5555
Mon-Fri     9:00am – 12:00pm

100 N. Biscayne (Yitzhak Rabin) Blvd
Suite 1800
Miami, FL 33132
Tel:            305-925-9400
Fax:           305-925-9455
Mon-Thurs      8:45am – 5:15pm

New York

800 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Tel:            212-499-5400
Fax:           212-499-5555
Mon-Fri     9:00am – 12:00pm
(Except American & Jewish holidays)

1800 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1818
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel:            215-977-7600
Fax:           215-977-7611
Mon-Thurs      9:00am – 1:00pm
Except national & Jewish holidays)

San Francisco
456 Montgomery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104
(Downtown between California & Sacramento Streets)
Tel:                415-844-7500
Fax:               415-844-7555
Mon-Fri     9:00am – 12:00pm

Washington DC
3514 International Drive NW
Washington DC 20008
Tel:            202-364-5500
Fax:           202-364-5607 
Mon-Fri     9:30am – 1:00pm