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The new Tal by the Beach hotel opened in Tel Aviv on August 20. A spectacular new 123 room hotel with comfortable accommodation options for individuals, business travelers, groups, seminars, and events. Located just a few steps away from Tel Aviv's Metzizim Beach and the Tel Aviv Port, Tal By The Beach is the ultimate location for those seeking the most fun from the White City. The beautiful property offers guests a rich Israeli buffet breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner options, a range of seminar halls, a gym, a sauna and spacious parking. Guests will also enjoy the cool breeze and beautiful sunsets from the new rooftop, featuring an open air bar overlooking the magnificent blue Mediterranean Sea and a business lounge.
Maagan Eden Holiday Village located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee has completed their dining room project which included renovating the ‘cafeteria’ (the small hall adjacent to the Dining Room) and the toilets, installing a wall of windows in the new hall overlooking the Sea of Galilee, so that the diners have the feeling that they are sitting "in the landscape" and are able to "sense the sound of the waves." In addition, the hall was furnished with new, specially-designed tables and chairs
Nordoy Hotel Tel Aviv
New Boutique Hotel opened in Tel Aviv. Conveniently located adjacent to Nahlat Binyamin and its arts and crafts market, and close to Carmel Market, the sea, lively restaurants and trendy bars. Hotel Nordoy was built in 1925, in heart of the historical Tel Aviv neighborhood of Nachlat Binyamin, when Tel Aviv was still known as Ahuzat Bayit. Originally constructed as a hotel, and continuously operating from then until today, it is the oldest active hotel in Tel Aviv.
April sets all-time record in tourism to Israel
The number of tourists coming from abroad to Israel reached an all-time record of 350,000 in April, up 40% from April last year, the Ministry of Tourism reports. Since the start of the year 1.09 million tourists have entered Israel, up 26% from 850,000 in the first four month of last year.
According to the Ministry of tourism, more tourists visited Israel during April than in any other month since the establishment of the state.
Tourist Visa Applications Passover 2017
The Population and Immigration Authority will be closed during the Passover holiday from 10-17 April 2017. For tour groups who wish to visit between April 9-22 applications must be submitted by the following dates:
Tourisim from restricted countries (including Christian Indonesians and Malaysians) up until 03/13/17.
Regular Tourism up until 01/04/17.
Tourism from China until 04/04/17.
Intel purchases Mobileye
The computing giant Intel has confirmed that it is acquiring Mobileye, a leader in computer vision for autonomous driving technology, for $15.3 billion — the biggest-ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company.
Direct flights to and From Canada to Israel
Air Canada announced today a significant expansion in services between Canada and Israel, with the introduction of a seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv and an increase in its current Toronto-Tel Aviv non-stop service to a daily frequency year-round. With the new services beginning this summer – a 28 per cent capacity increase over summer 2016 – Air Canada will be the airline offering the most seats and frequencies between Canada and Israel.
Ryanair announces new Israel routes
Ryanair has announced that it will launch 15 new flight routes to and from Israel over the next year. The Irish low-cost airline added that seven of the routes will depart for the first time from Ben-Gurion Airport while the other eight will operate out of Eilat’s Ovda Airport. Berlin, Milan, Cyprus, Kraków and Baden-Baden are among the new destinations that Ryanair will offer its customers. The new flight routes are expected to depart daily starting in March.
Travelers Choice of Hotels 2017
Herods Vitalis Spa Hotel Eilat was ranked in the top 25 hotels in the world on the Tripadvisor Travelers Choice of Hotels 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel Dead Sea
The upgrading of some of the floors at the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Hotel have now been completed. The hotel has resumed it’s smooth operation with no disturbances.
We are happy to let you know that as of January 2016 the hotel has a new business lounge
Roman theater discovered in Susita excavations
A large Roman theater has been discoverd in excavations conducted by the University of Haifa in the Galilee city of Susita. The location outside the city walls suggests that the main purpose was not to put on performances for the masses but for religious rituals.
New Direct Flights from Montreal to Israel
Canadian airline, Air Transat, will launch direct flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv in June 2017. Canada’s only existing direct flight connection to Tel Aviv is from Toronto which is served by Air Canada and El Al, and the new flight from Montreal will add another important connection between the two countries. Air Transat will begin their flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv on June 18, 2017, with two flights every week between the two cities until the end of October, operated on Airbus A330 aircraft.
New Folklore Show at the Ramat Rachel Hotel
An unforgettable Israeli folklore experience for tourists at Ramat Rachel Hotel.
Enjoy a spectacular evening of local music, dancing and culture at Israel’s best dinner Show. Featuring singing waiters, a delicious meal and a rich selection of drinks and cocktails. With 20 years of experience, the talented team put on the show of a lifetime offering the perfect finish to a day of touring. Sing and dance to popular Israeli music and traditional folklore dances. Let the professional waiters/singers/dancers sweep you off your feet and teach you some of Israel’s best known dance moves (Hora, Yemenite step and more)
Huawei buys out Israel cyber security startup Hexatier for $42m
Hexatier’s software integrates information security systems for monitoring and supervision. Huawei intends to use Hexatier’s technology to set up a research and development centre in Israel for databases in the cloud. The negotiations follow a visit by Huawei Chief Executive Officer Ren Zhengfei to Israel several weeks ago.
Rare archeological find south of Haifa
Israeli divers working with the University of Haifa have found a rare archaeological artifact shedding light on a previously unknown Roman prefect of the province of Judea in the time before the Bar Kochba revolt. Historians had thought that based on Roman records, the leaders Rome imposed on its provinces were all known.
A large rock bearing a 1,900-year-old inscription was discovered on the seabed off the coast, south of Haifa, in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year, bearing the name of Gargilius Antiques and mentioning the province of Judea.
The archaeologists were able to determine that Antiques ruled over Judea just prior to the legendary revolt against the Roman Empire, fought from 132 to 136 AD. The uprising was eventually crushed, resulting in the exile of Jews, and Emperor Hadrian’s renaming Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina and Judea Syria Palestina.