Great video by @lindsaytaub58 summarizing her fabulous adventure filled trip to Israel! Thanks for share, Lindsay!
Tomorrow, Dec. 7th 2011, we are launching our new website at www.goisrael.com.
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TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV:
INCOMING CHRISTIAN TOURISM REPRESENTS THE MAIN TARGET MARKET IN WHICH THE TOURISM MINISTRY FOCUSES ITS MARKETING EFFORTS IN ORDER TO INCREASE INCOMING TOURISM
The Tourism Ministry, via the recently-established Religious Affairs Desk, has launched a new Christian YouTube channel, designed to arouse interest amongst Christians around the world, challenge them to visit Israel and increase Christian tourism traffic to Israel.
During the running-in period in the last few months, thousands of hits were registered on the channel, this even before the channel’s promotion. The channel, which includes short videos in a range of languages including, among others, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian and Polish, features short testimonials from pastors, religious leaders and tourists speaking about the spiritual experience of their visit to the Holy Land as well as information on religious sites and events.
The creation and promotion of the website is part of the ministry’s NIS 60 million marketing efforts in 2011 aimed at the Christian markets (with a similar budget allocated for 2012.) These activities include, among others, dozens of seminars and dedicated meetings with tour operators and decision makers (pastors and religious leaders) and massive targeted advertising activities in the Christian media etc. The ministry’s Catholic channel ( Holyland Pilgrimage) has already registered over 750,000 views. New content has been uploaded in recent months, alongside competitions on the Facebook page to encourage user-generated content.
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov: “We are looking forward to the future of advertising and marketing and are using tools and the knowledge we have accumulated in order to maximize the vast tourism potential associated with Israel. Incoming Christian tourism, in all its denominations, represents the main target market in which the Tourism Ministry focuses its marketing effort in order to increase incoming tourism. This new website will help transmit messages and the special spiritual significance of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.”http://www.youtube.com/user/HolylandPilgrimage?ob=5
More than a hundred Harley-Davidson motorcyles made their way from Tel Aviv to the Western Wall in Jerusalem today in the first-ever Run for the Wall. The group of 71 Evangelical Christians from the United States, made up of Evangelical pastors and military veterans who are all members of the organization Mission:M25, were accompanied by dozens of Israeli Harley Davidson bikers and escorted by Israel Police motorbikes on their approach to Jerusalem.
Mission:M25 is a group of Evangelical Christian motorists which has dedicated itself to promote and encourage soldiers and veterans of the United States Army.The highlight of the nine day motorcade throughout Israel on Harley Davidson motorbikes took the group to the Western Wall, where they held a prayer ceremony and distributed olive green bandannas to soldiers.The group is part of the efforts of the Israel Government Tourism Office in North America to encourage tourism to Israel in general and as part of direct efforts to promote tourism among the Evangelical Christian community.
INTERNATIONAL SMS VOTING AVAILABLE FOR THE DEAD SEA FOR THE LAST DAY OF THE NEW7WONDERS OF NATURE CAMPAIGN
Supporters of the Dead Sea living around the world can now vote for the lowest point on earth via an international SMS voting line set up by the New7Wonders Foundation for the final day of the campaign, which ends 11/11/11.
All voters have to do – wherever they live – is send the words “Dead Sea” by SMS text to +2489 88888 for the regular cost of an international text message (unlimited voting).
The New7Wonders of Nature Campaign will end tomorrow, Friday, 11/11/11 at 11:11 Swiss time. The Dead Sea has made it to the final stage of the campaign, one of 28 candidates worldwide, out of hundreds. Only seven will be chosen, with the Dead Sea currently placed among the top 10.
7 reasons to vote for the Dead Sea as one of the New7Wonders of Nature
1. The lowest place on earth
2. The saltiest lake in the world
3. The largest natural spa in the world
4. Clear bromide-rich air leaves you feeling relaxed and calm
5. Unique black mineral-rich mud for natural and healthy skincare
6. Healthy, year-round, UVB-filtered sunlight
7. A desert experience, rich in history, archaeology and natural beauty
For more information on the New7Wonders, visit http://www.new7wonders.com.
The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is happy to begin the celebrations of its 20th anniversary with 20 days of:
Free museum entrance for groups
Valid 11-31.12.11, weekends included
The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem’s permanent exhibition displays an exciting journey through the cultures of the people of the Bible, bringing greater appreciation and understanding of the biblical stories in the context of human history. This is the only museum in the world that presents the history of the Ancient Near East from a biblical perspective.
Free entrance also includes the special exhibitions:
Sound the Shofar
A Witness to History
This new exhibition Sound the Shofar - a Witness to History traces the shofar from animal horn to icon. On display are shofarot from around the world, each marking a pivotal event in history, a poignant personal story or the quest for religious freedom. Together they tell the story of the Jewish people across generations. On display for the first time, is the famous Shofar blown on June 7th, 1967 by Rabbi Shlomo Goren at the Western Wall that has become a symbol of the unification of Jerusalem.
Manel Alvarez on the Bible
World renowned Spanish sculptor, Manel Alvarez, presents an exhibition of 17 monumental sculptures influenced by the Book of Books and corresponding with modern sculpture. Themes such as the Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge, Joseph and His Brothers, the Tower of Babylon and many others are brought to life in marble, iron, bronze and wood.
Closing - 12/31/11
- Free entrance with advanced registration
- Free entrance for groups through agents and tour guides only
- 220 NIS Guided tour for groups with up to 30 pax
- 10% discount at museum cafeteria
- 10% discount at museum gift shop
- During Chanukah the entrance for groups will start from 15:00
For further details please contact :Hagai Sasson sales @ event manager, +972-2-5611066, +972-54-4334534, email@example.com
Stay Connected: http://www.blmj.org/
THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN PRIESTS TO TAKE PART IN HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCADE IN ISRAEL
THE GROUP, WHICH WILL ARRIVE IN ISRAEL TOMORROW, TUESDAY, WILL RIDE THROUGHOUT ISRAEL IN HONOR OF THE IDF SOLDIERS
A delegation of motorcyclists from the United States, made up of mostly Evangelical priests, will arrive in Israel tomorrow (1.11.11) as part of the Run for the Wall Israel which will include a nine day motorcade on Harley Davidson motorbikes.
The group of motorist-priests are members of the organization Mission:M25, and is coming to Israel in conjunction with “Coral Tours” and the Ministry of Tourism. Members of Harley Davidson Israel have been invited to join the group’s route which will ride from Tel Aviv, along and across Israel, through Ashkelon, Caeserea, the Dead Sea and more, ending in Jerusalem.
Mission:M25 is a group of Evangelical Christian motorists which has dedicated itself to promote and encourage soldiers and veterans of the United States Army. The group holds various similar tours throughout the world in support of soldiers worldwide.
The group is arriving as part of the efforts of the Israel Government Tourism Office in North America to encourage tourism to Israel in general and as part of direct efforts to promote tourism among the Evangelical community which has hundreds of millions of believers worldwide. During the holiday of Sukkot, 5,000 Evangelicals visited Israel as part of the annual Feast of Tabernacles.
The United States is currently the number one source of tourism to Israel with 500,000 tourists arriving from the beginning of the year through September 2011. The Ministry of Tourism’s budget for this market is 65 million NIS for the year, and includes marketing and public relations efforts as well as hosting various decision makers and public figures in Israel.
For more information about the group, visit
The Ministry of Tourism - North America, held a press conference today at the Discovery Museum in Times Square.
Presented at the exhibition were never shown to the public some of the actual Dead Sea Scrolls.
2nd picture: Haim Gutin, Tourism Commissioner and Dr. Debbie Ben-Ami, Curator from the Israel Antiquity Authority.
For more information on the exhibition please visit the Discovery Museum website.
HUNDREDS OF ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS AND ITALIANS RUN TOGETHER IN THE 8th JOHN PAUL II BETHLEHEM-JERUSALEM PEACE MARATHON, 24 OCTOBER 2011
Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis and Italians ran 10 kilometers from the Church of The Nativity in Bethlehem to the Notre Dame complex in Jerusalem under the banner of the 8th John Paulus II Peace Marathon, on Monday, October 24th, 2011. The unique marathon, an initiative led by the official Vatican pilgrimage organization Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, offered a fascinating encounter between pilgrims from Italy and other European countries, runners from Bethlehem and Israeli runners. The run was aimed at continuing the path of Pope John Paul II – one of peace, camaraderie and companionship between peoples and religions.
Over 300 runners participated in the festive marathon, which took place this year for the eighth time, in addition to the many pilgrims who accompanied the runners on their journey. 150 runners from Italy ran alongside 150 Palestinians and Israelis, including Italian football stars - Albertini Demetrio, Di Biagio Luigi, Tommasi Damiano, Peruzzi Angelo and Bonavina Diego. Other participants include Giusy Versace, an international sprinter who lost her leg in a car accident and runs with prosthetics, as well as Martina Colombari, an Italian actress and former Miss Italy.
Shortly after the arrival of the runners from Bethlehem, a friendly football tournament took place at Rachel’s Crossing, with the participation of Israeli, Palestinian and Italian football players.
Visit www.goisrael.com for more information on travel to Israel