Israel is 68 years young!

The modern state of Israel is 68 years young. In honor of that milestone the Foreign Ministry produced a cute and informative 6-minute video highlighting 68 amazing, interesting, and fun facts about modern Israel. Enjoy!

The End of Passover

The busiest time of the year for pizza shops in Israel is the night Passover ends. A week without bread products leads to long lines and large profits at pizza shops throughout Israel.

Pizza Sababa in Jerusalem experiences record crowds at the end of Passover.

Pizza Sababa in Jerusalem experiences record crowds at the end of Passover.

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport 4th Best in World

Departure Hall Ben Gurion

The departure hall at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel is a comfortable place to relax and enjoy drinks and a light meal while waiting for your international flight. Duty free shopping is also available around the perimeter of the departure hall. Photo ©2015 Craig Dunning

The Condé Nast Traveler “2015 Best Of” survey results are in, and Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport was selected as the fourth best international airport in the world.

Named after Israel’s first prime minister, this airport’s highest score was for easy access from downtown Tel Aviv, nine miles to the north west. Known primarily for being one of the world’s most secure airports, 15 million passengers passed through here in 2014 and it has consistently won awards for best airport in the Middle East.

Here is Conde Nast Traveler’s list of top ten international airports:
1. Changi Airport Singapore (SIN) Readers’ Rating: 83.356
2. Dubai International (DXB) Readers’ Rating: 77.889
3. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Readers’ Rating: 75.735
4. Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) Readers’ Rating: 73.414
5. Seoul-Incheon (ICN) Readers’ Rating: 72.355
6. Tokyo Haneda (HND) Readers’ Rating: 71.628
7. Hamad International Airport (DOH) Readers’ Rating: 71.374
8. Abu Dhabi International Airport (AHU) Readers’ Rating: 70.948
9. Zurich Airport (ZRH) Readers’ Rating: 70.601
10. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Readers’ Rating: 70.227

Notably, Asia and the Middle East dominate the rankings, each receiving four top ten rankings. Europe and North America had one each, securing the ninth and tenth spots, respectively. Neither Africa nor South America made the survey.

Israel Ministry of Tourism Update 11/30/2015

Many of our clients may be interested in this letter from the Israel Ministry of Tourism regarding tourism and the current unrest. Discipleship Travel LLC provides this letter to help you make informed decisions regarding travel to Israel.

You may see the original letter as a PDF. Click HERE

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From the Office of the Director General of the Israel Ministry of Tourism

Dear Friends,

We welcome you to enjoy the warm weather, tourism sites, museums, holy places, attractions, restaurants and night life – all open and operating as usual in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv as in all areas of the country.

Currently more than 100,000 foreign tourists are on holiday in Israel. Groups and individuals continue to arrive daily and they feel safe and are enjoying themselves. Everyday life in Israel is normal. Children go to kindergarten and school, local residents go to work and business continues as usual. The headlines about the situation in countries along the Mediterranean Sea are not relevant to our daily lives.

A wide range of international events are taking place at various locations in the coming days and weeks including the 19th International Harp Contest in Acco from November 23-December 3, the European Short Course Swimming Competition in Netanya and Superstar American comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perfrom in Tel Aviv in December as part of his world tour. Christmas celebrations are underway preparing for the thousands of foreign tourists who will partake in the festivities.

In addition, international conferences and exhibitions are going on in venues throughout the country as planned.

We look forward to welcoming you to Israel.

Sincerely,
Best Regards,

Amir Halevi
Director General

 

Israel’s BioBee Biological Systems

Over the next year, BioBee Biological Systems at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu in northern Israel will ship some 600 million specially bred predatory mites to farmers in Colombia as a natural form of pest control.

See the complete story here.

Below is a video that describes the work of Bio Bee.