Can I get a single room?

A limited number of single rooms are available for our groups. However, we can never offer more than 10% of our rooms as singles, and depending on the season and demand, the number of single rooms available to a group may be significantly less than 10%.

Those desiring a single room are required to pay a single supplement, which is clearly indicated on your group’s information page. All single rooms require a supplement, even in the case that a traveler wants to share a room but can’t find a roommate.

The amount of the supplement varies according to the details of the specific tour (i.e. season, number of days, and specific hotels).

Discipleship Travel LLC can not be responsible for incompatibility issues between roommates. If there is a need to change from double/triple to single rooms during the trip, for whatever reason, Discipleship Travel LLC will attempt to facilitate those arrangements based on availability and payment of the single supplement, but there is no guarantee that such changes will be possible. Only the hotel management can determine availability for room changes.

More hotel rooms on the way in Israel

Due to a growing shortage of hotel rooms in Israel, the Israel Ministry of Tourism has approved approximately $57 million in grants for six projects to build 375 new hotel rooms in Jerusalem and Nazareth. In addition to the new rooms, the grant will also provide for the renovation of the Dan Pearl Hotel near the Jaffa and New Gates in Jerusalem.

Source: Israel Ministry of Tourism and Sar-El.

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 @ http://blog.bibleplaces.com/

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