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22 October 2019 - 23 Tishri 5780 - כ"ג תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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The Embassy of India in Israel and the Incredible India Tourism office jointly hosted an India Tourism Seminar in Tel Aviv on 14 February.

India’s Ambassador to Israel, Pavan Kapoor, made the welcome remarks, highlighting the immense tourism potential India has for the Israeli traveller, beyond backpacking to luxury tourism, family tours, medical tourism and shopping. Air India flights between Tel Aviv and Delhi, which started in March 2018, have increased the number of passengers both ways, in addition to El Al flights and the recently announced Arkia flights to Goa and Cochin.

The seminar included presentations about Kerala, South India, North East India, Luxury Tourism and Wellness Tourism. The event was well attended by tour operators and the media. Ambassador Kapoor also selected the winning ticket in a lucky draw sponsored by Air India – one tour operator won a round trip to Delhi.

Looking at the figures for tourism in the reverse direction, Israel recorded a 21% growth in Indian tourist arrivals to the country last year, with around 70,800 travellers visiting from January to December 2018 (up from about 58,700 in 2017), making it the 12th-highest source market for Israel, according to a media release from the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT).

Hassan Madah, IMOT director, India and Philippines, elaborated: “Last year has been outstanding for Israel Tourism in India and worldwide as we welcomed 4.12 million tourists into the country. With a rapid increase in leisure outbound trips, India is an important market for us, possessing tremendous potential to become one of the key source markets for Israel in the coming years.”

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