When engaging in travel conversations with friends, and Israel as a travel destination comes up, there are often two distinct views:
A.) I have no interest in traveling to Israel
B.) I’ve been to Israel and it’s one of the world’s most amazing destinations.
Which begs the question, who is traveling to Israel?
Research from Last Minute Travel experts show that travelers fall into 3 main categories.
- Business Travelers – Since 2012, the annual bookings into Israel are down about ½ from its peak, yet still thousands of business travelers fly to Tel Aviv for business. As noted in Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor, there were about 63 Israeli companies listed on the NASDAQ as of 2009. Flights average around $800 from New York with 21 day advance, and some as low as $564 in October as found on Google Flights.
- Cultural Vacationers – Arguably the most important historic land on Earth, the sightseeing opportunities are endless. From “the Wailing Wall” to the Dead Sea to Roman ports, vacationers can span out from Tel Aviv in any direction and enjoy a plethora of cultural activities. Members of Last Minute Travel Club– a members-only site with the world’s lowest travel rates – can stay at a 4.5-star hotel in Tel Aviv for under $172 per night, or get a special 50% off a 4-star Jerusalem hotel for under $60!
3. Group Travel – Companies such as Walking With The Prophets (www.walkingprophets.com), and Live Israel Tours (www.liveisraeltours.com) are thriving with Christian and Jewish group tours, respectively. Listen HERE for an account of how Holy Land Tours was born out of a business partnership turned friendship. Hundreds of groups of 30 to 150 people travel to Israel with Live Israel Tours, with an emphasis on student group travel. Many Jewish Federation officials have found a level of service excellence complemented by very affordable rates powered by Tourico Holidays, Inc., the nation’s largest wholesale travel company.