Is­rael, a des­ti­na­tion for the de­vout and tourists

Its at­trac­tions in­clude Baha’i Gar­dens of Haifa, Jor­dan river

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Re­porter

Is­rael is not only a holy land vis­ited by pil­grims, but also a coun­try with many pris­tine beaches, wine or­chards, sprawl­ing souks and a lot of fa­cil­i­ties for ad­ven­ture sports, Has­san Madah, di­rec­tor, Is­rael Min­istry of Tourism, said.

Out­lin­ing the coun­try’s plans re­gard­ing tourism from In­dia at a press meet here on Wed­nes­day, Mr. Madah said the tourist pop­u­la­tion from In­dia to his coun­try had been in­creas­ing year on year.

The num­ber of In­dian tourists who vis­ited the coun­try stands at 34,300 this year (till Au­gust) against the fig­ure of 44,672 in 2016.

Road shows

The Is­rael Min­istry of Tourism has been or­gan­is­ing road shows high­light­ing the var­i­ous tourist des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try in six met­ros in In­dia, in­clud­ing Chen­nai.

Mr. Madah talked about Is­rael’s at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing the re­sort city of Ei­lat lo­cated on the Red Sea, the Baha’i Gar­dens of Haifa, and the pos­si­bil­ity of ad­ven­ture sports, such as div­ing and snorkelling in Red Sea and white wa­ter raft­ing in the Jor­dan river.

There are many places of great his­toric im­por­tance in the coun­try too, Mr. Madah added.

Mr. Madah said that though at present only a few air­lines in­clud­ing El Al, Is­rael’s na­tional air­line, of­fer air con­nec­tiv­ity to the coun­try from In­dia, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, dur­ing his visit to Is­rael, had said he would look into the pos­si­bil­ity of Air In­dia op­er­at­ing flights be­tween the coun­tries.

<> There are many places of great his­toric im­por­tance in the coun­try Has­san Madah Tourism Di­rec­tor

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