before you go
Lyssiemay Annoh explores the new 7 wonder destination finalist
and discovers an excellent events havenI
am born a Christian and an ardent traveller; I also love
of stories and excellent story-telling so prior to this
journey, my faith did not allow me to visualise Israel as
the main source for the history of ancient Israel. For me,
the holy land and the holy bible are sacred and could only
be found in heaven. For many other Christians though, The
Bible, or the Holy Bible - although not a history book in
the modern sense, together with the books of Joshua through
Second Chronicles are the works of ancient Israelite historians.
the full story
travellers should ensure that they are in communication with
their hosts at all times to ensure that appropriate procedures
in and out of Israel
Israel is two hours ahead of GMT. All visitors to
Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least
six months from the date they enter the country. People
with no nationality must hold a valid laissez passer,
as well as a visa back to the country that issued
The Security Division and the Security Centre for
Foreign Businessmen are in daily contact with new
Israeli companies joining the special service provided
for those who arrive to Israel for Business, this
service if free of charge and is well known to conference
and exhibitions organizers as well as for all Government
Before you get too excited for your trip, you will have to
know that Israeli security is an authority on its own. Even
before you check in with your airline, your luggage must be
thoroughly screened. Prior to this, you will need to answer
some personal questions together with information about how
you packed your bags and what items you are carrying. There
is no short cut to saving time with this so Executive Traveller
advises that you pay attention and remember everything what
you have packed.
When leaving Israel, Security at Ben Gurion tends to be very
thorough. Once again, always ensure that you have packed your
luggage yourself and have not let it out of your sight since.
This can be challenging and frustrating but Security just
want you and everyone else to have a safe and secure flight
so just smile, be patient and always be honest.
of the following countries will be issued tourist visas
free of charge at every port or entrance terminal to Israel:
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany
(Persons born after 1.1.28), Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece,
Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,
Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Asia & Oceania: Australia, Fiji Islands, Japan, Hong
Kong, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea
Africa: Central African Republic, Losoto, Malawi, Mauritius,
South Africa, Swaziland
The Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada,
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala,
Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, St. Kitts, &
Nevis, Surinam, Trinidad, & Tobago, The Bahamas, The
Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.
Tipping is fairly standard in Israel, though at a current
norm of 10% or at your discretion. A service charge may
or may not be added to your bill. When it is not included
a tip of about 12-15% is expected.
I am confident that all the four to five star hotels in
the Dead Sea like the Ein Gedi, Daniel Hotel, Isrotel and
the Meridien Hotel, to name a few will all be able to host
any kind of event and come up with top marks. For the everyday
guests, I can only share my experience.
at the Moriah Classic in the Dead Sea.
While the meetings and events places where excellent, service
and food fell short. Nevertheless, the hotel offers free
WiFi, uncommon in Israel, has a large free spa swimming
pool area for guests. The bedrooms are satisfactory. The
hotel is ideal for families
I stayed at the St David Citadel Hotel
overlooking the domes, steeples and towers of the ancient
walled city of Jerusalem spread out like a masterpiece.
The David Citadel provided the most comfortable bed I have
ever slept in and is the newest and one of most luxurious
business hotels in Jerusalem. Check-in, customer and breakfast
service all follow the very business pattern. The Service
was professional sometimes lacking some warmth as they stuck
uncompromisingly to rules; nevertheless, it is a very nice
place to be in Jerusalem.
Tel-Aviv Jaffa, I stayed at the panoramic Dan Hotel
which topped my list with regards to customer and breakfast
service. The hotel welcomes its group guests with a drink
and a friendly face. This friendly gesture is all that a
guest needs after a long journey to a high security destination.
The choice for breakfast was endless and hotel staff were
surprisingly very friendly at a time when I was beginning
to feel that friendly hotel customer service was not part
of the Israeli culture. The hotel’s accommodation
and facilities are also excellent. The Dan Hotel definitely
knows how to make a visitor feel welcome. The hotel is suitable
for both business and leisure guests.
Hours of the Masada (including cable car operation)
April to September 08:00 to 17:00
October to March 08:00 to 16:00
Site Telephone: +972-8-6584207/8
The site like most other Israeli destinations are accessible
to the disabled.
How to vote for the Dead Sea
You can vote via a link on the home page of the Tourism
Ministry’s website, or directly at the competition’s