Israel has reopened and is putting the global pandemic behind it. But it is doing it carefully and safely.
That was the message that Israel’s Minister of Tourism, Yoel Razvozov delivered in a video address to a small, masked and socially-distanced group of travel trade types and friends of Israel gathered in Toronto yesterday (Nov. 24) afternoon.
Razvozov told his audience that since Israel had reopened its borders this month to fully vaccinated travellers it had welcomed 30,000, raising his optimism about what’s ahead in 2022.
In fact, Israel’s Minister of Tourism noted that he sees great potential in the Canadian market, pointing out that in 2019, Israel hosted 100,000 Canadian visitors and he’s hopeful that Israel will be back to welcoming that many Canadians soon.
As for Gal Hana, Consul, Director of Tourism for Canada, Israel Ministry of Tourism, he was in an upbeat mood; reporting that he had just returned from attending TL Network’s regional meetings across Canada and that things are starting to ramp up.
“We’re seeing positive signs,” Hana told his audience.
Hana also pointed out that he global pandemic has changed the paradigm of the travel industry and that people are not looking for the ‘travel of 2020, they want something different.”
As Hana sees it, the industry is now on the verge of a ‘meaningful recovery’ and Israel is ready to welcome those returning travellers.
Seen in the photo, from l to r, are Israel’s newly arrived consul general, Idit Shamir with Gal Hana during the afternoon event in Toronto.