25 June 2018 - 12 Tammuz 5778 - י"ב תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Sri Lanka participates in tourism market show E-mail

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tel Aviv, organised and co-ordinated the participation of Sri Lanka at the 24th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) 2018. The event was held on 6-7 February at the Tel Aviv Convention Center in Israel.

IMTM is the largest annual professional official exhibition for the tourism market in Israel. It promotes and focuses on both domestic and foreign tourism, and aims to strengthen co-operation between tourism bodies in Israel and elsewhere in the world.

Sri Lanka has been participating in the event regularly. Its pavilion this year was jointly declared open with the cutting of a ribbon by Ambassador Periyasamy Pillai Selvaraj and the Yariv Levin, Minister of Tourism of Israel in the presence of Ajantha Rathnayake, Assistant Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, embassy officials, Sri Lankan tour companies and Israeli visitors.

The main objective of the participation of Sri Lanka was to create awareness and portray the beauty of the paradise island amongst Israeli tourists.

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More Philippine tourists travelling to Holy Land E-mail

With Israel-Asia tourism booming, Israel’s embassy in the Philippines welcomed the increase in the number of Filipinos who discovered the holy land and startup nation of Israel in 2017.

Data from Israel’s Ministry of Tourism showed that around 23,500 Filipinos travelled to Israel in 2017, up 61% from 14,600 in 2016.

Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau expressed optimism that more Filipinos will travel to Israel this year. “Israel is the promised land and the land of many promises which create the foundation for a steady growth in tourism. This year, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the friendship treaty between our two countries, and tourism stands as a strong pillar of our growing ties and people-to-people exchanges.”

Hassan Madah, tourism director for India and Philippines, said the 2017 tourism record exceeded their full-year target of 20,000 Filipino tourists travelling to Israel. “We surpassed our target of 20,000 Filipinos travelling to Israel and towards the end the year and we reached 23,500 – a 61% increase from 2016. More Israeli players entered the market, and the added good connectivity flying from Manila to Israel via Turkish Airlines and Cathay Pacific helped us in the growth of tourist arrivals.”

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Israel to open food-processing centre in India E-mail

Israel will soon open the first-of-its-kind Food Processing Centre in Jitendra, northeast India.

An Israeli delegation, led by Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon, met with Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, in February, and confirmed that the first-ever such Centre for the Northeast will be inaugurated in Mizoram on 7 March, and became functional from the same day.

The project has been set up with the tripartite collaboration of the Government of Israel, the State Government of Mizoram, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare and the Government of India. The Ministry of Northeast (DoNER) will perform the role of co-ordinator and facilitator.

Although located in Mizoram, the centre will cater to the entire North Eastern region. To begin with, it will concentrate exclusively on the processing of citrus fruits, and Israel will provide the bulk of the necessary expertise, knowledge and professional support.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Dr Singh commented that the Centre would be the beginning of a wider and a larger collaboration between India and Israel. With the passage of time, he said, the various activities of the Food Processing Centre will be extended and widened, and based on the experience of this experiment, there could be possibilities for collaboration with Israel for setting up similar ventures in other States of the North Eastern region.

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Iranian wrestler and coach banned for deliberately throwing a bout E-mail

An Iranian wrestler who intentionally lost at an international competition to avoid facing an Israeli opponent has been suspended from competition for six months by the world wrestling body.

The decision to ban Alireza Karimi-Mashiani was announced on 19 February by The United World Wrestling Disciplinary Chamber. His coach, Hamidreza Jamshidi, was also banned from the sport for two years for instructing his wrestler to lose.

“Both wrestler and coach were found to have acted in direct violation of the International Wrestling Rules (Article 15) and the UWW Disciplinary Regulations (Articles 3, 7.2, 9.2),” the statement said.

Days after the match, Karimi-Mashiani said he had not withdrawn before the United World Wrestling championship for under-23 tournament in November 2017 in Poland, because his coaches believed that the Israeli competitor, Uri Kalashnikov, would be defeated in the first round.

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New advisory council established for the Israel-Asia Center E-mail

The Israel-Asia Center announced on 5 February the launch of its new Advisory Council, comprising leading figures from the fields of business, innovation, diplomacy and academia.

The new Advisory Council members bring to the IsraelAsia Center a wealth of expertise on Asia and Israel’s relationships with countries in East, South and Southeast Asia, and are playing key roles in shaping the Israel-Asia arena.

The Advisory Council will serve as a body of knowledge, advice and assistance to the Israel-Asia Center, both for optimising the current operations of the organisation and also for assisting in its continued development.

This development will segment its core goals to build its leadership programmes, while expanding public education programmes and thought leadership events towards developing a more Asia-informed and Asia-engaged Israeli public.

The inaugural members of the Advisory Council are:

Saul Singer, co-author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. Since its publication in 2008, the book has reached #5 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller lists, and is also a bestseller in Israel, India and Singapore. It has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesia and Thai.

Ambassador David Adelman, a partner with the global law firm Reed Smith LLP in New York. He was previously a managing director at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Singapore, US Ambassador to Singapore, and a member of the Georgia State Senate. During his term as US Ambassador, Adelman led eight trade missions throughout Asia, including the first American business delegation in history to the capital of Myanmar.

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