January 5, 2022

Pressure Mounts on Israel to Open Country to Tourism Despite Surge in Covid

Tel Aviv… Pressure is mounting in Israel to lift the country’s restrictions on travel to the Jewish state out of a concern that its lucrative tourism industry faces collapse. Israel’s cabinet approved a NIS 150 million aid package for Israel’s incoming tourist industry including for tour guides and incoming travel organizers, most affected by the government decision to keep the country’s borders closed after the Omicron variant outbreak. The aid package, brought before the cabinet by Minister of Finance Avigdor Liberman and Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov, details the amounts and target groups for the assistance, as part of a cabinet decision to provide NIS 300 million annually to industries harmed by the Covid pandemic. Israel’s hotel industry has particularly suffered from the sharp decline in tourism, particularly from North America. Sources told Kosher Today that many retailers are complaining that their business was down nearly 40% due to the lack of tourists.