Israel Ministry of Tourism recently conducted a familiarization trip to Israel for a special women’s only group of travel agents from India. There were 12 travel companies from Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata on the trip. Senior management from Stratos Lifestyles, Signature Breaks, FCM Travel Solutions, Europamundo Vacations, Panache World, Evershine Holidays, Luxury Roots, Vay2Go Travel, Redchilli Holidays, Aspen Vacations, Yatra Online and Skyroutes India explored various sites in Israel.
Speaking about the trip, Vyoma Bhatt, managing partner, Aspen Vacations said, “Jerusalem is the centre of the world. Tel Aviv is a 24 hours city. Haifa has its own charm. Israel is an extremely safe tourist destination. We as a group of women enjoyed the flee markets and also the vibrant nightlife. We also realised that Israelis totally welcome the Indian travellers and we were welcomed by Bollywood music and so much warmth. There are also a host of luxury hotels to choose from. Israel is definitely a perfect destination for the discerning travellers.”
The group visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Akko, Caesarea, Haifa, Dead Sea, Masada and Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee region. Some of the attractions included floating on the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv nightlife tour with a visit to Neve Tzedek neighbourhood, wine tasting experience at Tishbi winery, boat tour on the Sea of Galilee and sound and light show at the Tower of David. The group also toured the reconstructed Roman Theatre and Roman Aqueduct in Caesarea, Baha’i Shrine and Gardens in Haifa, Old City of Jerusalem and the port city of Akko. Commenting on the FAM, Hassan Madah, Director – Israel Ministry of Tourism, India and Philippines said, “Israel is a dynamic destination with a lot to offer to leisure seekers. We have witnessed an increase in leisure tourism to the country, but what’s interesting is a steady rise in women groups and female solo travellers. The idea was to showcase and promote this aspect to some of the prominent women trade partners in the travel industry with an aim to bolster interest among female traveller segment of the country”