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Jun 29, 2012

Quote of The Day

Quote of The Day

The potential for tourism of the State of Israel is great, but when it comes to tachlis, there are a lot of problems, among them the geopolitical situation and the negative image around the world that filters out tourists. After on filters out the danger and the image, one gets to the main problem; it is very expensive. We are very expensive when comparing with a similar product in other similar countries in the Mediterrenean region and also compared to Europe.
For example, after Egypt and Tunis lost tourists because of the uprisings in those countries, I recommended to the travel agencies in France to send us the tourists instead of to Tunis and Egypt. They checked it out and said no thank you.Why? Because we are twice as expensive. Vacation in israel is expensive, among other reasons because of governmental regulations on the industry including in security, kashrut and arnona....
Just like Minister Moshe Kachlon brought to the government meetings the reform in the cellular industry and overturned the entire industry, I am also able to bring reforms to the government in order to make vacationing in Israel cheaper and overturn the industry. There will not be a minister who will oppose this.

  -- Minister of Tourism Stas Maseshnikov

I just hope he does this right away, before the summer tourism season that we are about to embark upon..






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7 comments:

  1. He's very right. Hotel rooms of comparable quality in Europe are 1/3 of a the price they are here. We have found it cheaper to vacation abroad even with kids and air travel (but we do have a lot of FF points, which helps in that area). I hope he's successful.

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  2. and dont forget the lack of weekend public transportation...

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  5. Good luck, but empty words. The credit of main achievements of the current government can be solely given to its stability of going so long without some ministerial changes. Cahlon was able to wake up early, unfortunately, the other ministers did not, perhaps now, until the next elections, they'll be able to make changes.

    Our tourist industry is expensive because it is based on mostly 4-5 star hotels. There is no Motel 8 change of affordable, simple rooms and even 'tzimmerim' take advantage of that and charge high prices. Transportation costs a lot. The daily cost of renting a bus and driver adds a lot to a group tour, and car rentals are high because the original car cost is high.

    If Stas is blaming kashrut, security and arnona, then he hasn't learned much in office.

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  6. josh, So you think giving tax breaks for kashrut, security and arnona won't reduce the price of tourism in Israel?

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  7. It always depresses me when non Jewish collogues tell me about what they pay for superior hotels and arrangements compared to me, but I want my steak and pizza (on separate days:) so I have no choice...I must say though that the hotels I've been to over the years always seemed quite full ...

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