April 26, 2022

A Breakout Year for Israelis; One Million Go on the Road for Passover

Ranana…The Gelbs had not gone away for Passover in two years due to Covid and all but this year they joined tens of thousands of Israelis who spent the holiday in several major European destinations, Dubai, and the Sinai. The Sinai was virtually off limits to Israelis because of Covid and the threat of terrorism but this year the travel-hungry Israel’s could not wait for the Passover travel season.  On March 30th, Israel began allowing three hundred people a day to cross into Sinai via Taba. The coronavirus pandemic had seriously stunted travel for a year, keeping Israelis normally imbued with wanderlust stuck at home. One travel expert told Kosher Today “you could tell that there was a pent-up anxiety to travel” after these two years. Israeli hotels were filled to capacity. Many Israelis traveled to programs in Croatia, Italy, and Greece. Still, Sinai was the preferred destination for Israeli travelers because of the relatively close distance and inexpensive price. More than 1.5 million passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport during the Passover holiday season. For the first time in 2 years many Americans spent the holiday in Israeli hotels which included a large number of Israelis.