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May 27, 2020

In shadow of pandemic, tourist season opens -- for locals

Tourist season is beginning to open in Israel, with open-air markets, entertainment attractions, national parks, beaches, cable cars, swimming pools, and hotels beckoning locals to venture out and enjoy what this country has to offer. 

While much of the world continues to battle rising numbers of new coronavirus infections, Israel has seen a drop in daily infections to just over a dozen cases.

February 11, 2020

Top Global Destination: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv-Yafo will be one of the most popular urban destinations in the world by 2030 if everything goes according to the municipality’s long-term tourism strategic plan.

On the heels of a powerful year for tourism in 2019, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality recently unveiled a “Master Plan” detailing the city’s needs to make it a top holiday destination: better branding, an upgraded tourism infrastructure, more accommodation options, and efficient, integrative management.

March 26, 2019

Michelin Guide for Luxury Vacation Homes

Tel Aviv is one of the newest destinations to be included in The Plum Guide, a high-end holiday rental property guide, which is carving its own niche in the hospitality industry alongside Airbnb, Maison Privee, VRBO, BridgeStreet, and others. The Plum Guide is run by an Israeli-born, UK-based entrepreneur who is on a mission to offer travelers the best places to stay in the best destinations with a guarantee that the places are as nice as they say they are.

“Tel Aviv is definitely considered a world destination,” Doron Meyassed, founder and CEO of The Plum Guide, tells NoCamels in a phone interview from London. “We’re targeting an audience that we call the mature urban creative, so our bullseye target market is 35 to 55-year-olds, who all live in mega-cities like New York, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, etc., and who tend to be interested in the world of art, music and design, food. Tel Aviv has become an amazing popular destination [in this market].”

Taj Mahal of the Middle East

Kibbutz Neot Semadar is known as “that place with the weird, colorful tower sticking up in the sky in the middle of nowhere.”

Anyone who has driven along Route 40 in the Arava region of Israel will have seen the famous landmark. Taking the time to veer off the main highway to tour the kibbutz is an opportunity many miss because they just don’t know about it.

Top 32 summer activities for kids in Israel

School’s out, and it’s the hottest time of year in Israel, but there are tons of fun things for kids to do this summer, from swimming with dolphins to hiking through a water tunnel to petting a kangaroo.

Skewered mongoose and other appetizing fare

For Khmers, tarantulas in garlic are a delicacy, rats are a basic part of rural diets, skewered mongoose is a principal provision among the Pnong people and dried hedgehog with honey is a recognized cure for stomach ailments. Not surprisingly, I lost two kilos during my three-week adventure here. 

Autumnal Adventures in Israel

Succot is one of the three pilgrimage holidays. It commemorates the booths in which the Israelites lived in the desert after leaving Egypt. During the week of Succot vacation in Israel, the country is abuzz with holiday-related activities.

Although most tourists probably wouldn’t think of camping in Israel, the Succot season is the ultimate time to get in tune with the country’s amazing nature. It also gives a new meaning to building a succah under the stars. Don’t strike it off your list just yet.

Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park

Named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1992, it boasts a unique mixture of forest types of coniferous and deciduous, and an amazing wildlife population. Visitors often catch sightings, including 40 types of mammals, 30 kinds of reptiles and amphibians, 130 breeding birds, wolves, bears, moose, beavers, gray jay, boreal chickadee, and the common loon.

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