Published on : Saturday, July 26, 2014
Israeli Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau has instructed the Tourism Ministry to operate a situation room headed by Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi. The minister has been holding consultations with the Foreign Minister and the Transport Minister, in order to offer solutions to the hundreds of tourists whose flights have been cancelled, in order to ensure that no tourist will be left without accommodation.
Dr. Landau said, “The skies over Israel remain open thanks to the foreign airlines who continue their scheduled flights into the country. We are in close contact with the Federation of Israeli Tourism Organizations in order to provide urgent solutions to people and businesses in the tourism industry. I have instructed ministry personnel to ensure that every tourist in Israel receives a response.”
The Tourism Ministry is providing accommodation vouchers for those tourists whose airlines are not providing them with accommodation.
Thousands of tourists are currently in Israel at the present time. The Tourism Ministry has opened a 24 hour hotline to ensure that any tourist whose flight was canceled is not left without an accommodation solution. Tourists who experience difficulties as a result of the current situation are invited to contact the offices at Ben-Gurion airport, which is manned 24 hours a day: 03-975-4260.
Israeli carriers El Al, Arkia and Israir continue to operate as normal in order to provide an answer for passengers on other carriers. 22 foreign airlines continue to fly into Israel as scheduled, including British Airways, Aeroflot and Ukrainian Airlines which operate several flights a day.
The ministry is working on all aspects related to the cessation of the operation, in order to stimulate as swift a recovery as possible for tourism in Israel. Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi noted that “tourism in Israel has experienced similar crises in the past and has known how to deal with them. We believe that the Israel tourism product is unique and attractive and we are already preparing for a broad marketing campaign that will launch ‘the day after’.
The 19 Tourism Ministry offices around the world are working on a war footing, providing airlines, travel agents, church and community leaders with information about the current situation and preparing the groundwork for a tourism recovery as the security situation improves..