Lonely Planet Ranks Tel Aviv 3rd Hottest City

November 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Israel | 1 Comment
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Travel guide company Lonely Planet named Tel Aviv third in a list of the world’s best cities, praising the coastal metropolis for its art and music scenes as well as its relaxed, liberal culture.

The panel, which included Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler, described Tel Aviv as being unified by the religion of hedonism, yet tolerant, cultured and a truly diverse 21st-century hub.

“Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin City on the sea rather than an ancient Holy City on a hill,” Lonely Planet said in its “Best in Travel” guide which it has put out every year for six years now, adding that there are more bars than synagogues.

On a cultural note, the world renowned tourist guide credits Tel Aviv’s university and museums with making it “the greenhouse for Israel’s growing art, film and music scenes.”

The company’s entry on Tel Aviv also describes its architecture, including the fact that this “White City,” so named for its many Bauhaus structures, has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Israel’s Investment Promotion Centre


Tourism to Israel Hits Record High in First Half of 2010

August 11, 2010 at 9:25 am | Posted in Israel, Tourism | Leave a comment
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A record 1.6 million tourists visited Israel in the first half of 2010, up 39% compared with the first half of 2009 and up 10% compared with the first half of 2008 – the previous record. Like previous months, tourism in June also set a new record with 259,000 tourists visiting, up 24% from 2009 and 8% from June 2008.

The New York-based Travel and Leisure magazine named Jerusalem as the best city in Africa and the Middle East. Readers of the magazine were asked to respond to a questionnaire which ranked cities according to sights, culture and arts, restaurants and food, people, shopping and value. This was the first time that the city received such a ranking since 2000. Cape Town was ranked in second place and Tel Aviv in third place.

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism

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