Following the agreements reached with the bureau, the coordinator of tourism, industry and commerce in the budget department of the Ministry of Finance, Harel Schlissl, reported that about NIS 45 million will be allocated for the support of inbound tourism organizers in Israel.
In recent days, marathon discussions have taken place between the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Tourism and the bureau’s management, with the aim of finding a budgetary framework for continued support for the bureau’s members. Minutes before the start of the discussion that took place today (Tuesday) in the Knesset Finance Committee on the outline of assistance to the tourism industry, we reached an agreement on the budget framework for continued support for the organizers of inbound tourism to Israel until the end of 2021.
Following the agreements reached with the bureau, the coordinator of tourism, industry and commerce in the budget department of the Ministry of Finance, Harel Schlissl, reported to the members of the Finance Committee that about NIS 45 million will be allocated to support inbound tourism organizers. The mechanism for utilizing the budget has not yet been finally agreed and in the coming days will be discussed with the Ministries of Finance and Tourism.
The budget will provide support to business frameworks for fixed expenses. The support will be in the form of a grant that should be paid in advance, according to criteria to be determined and without the need for bureaucratic awkwardness of proof of expenses, etc. The program for retaining the employees employed by the companies will continue within the framework of the marketing fund, in addition to supporting the marketing activities within the framework of the general fund.
It was further agreed in discussions with the Ministry of Finance that employees under the age of 45 will be employed as part of the outline to encourage the return of employees to offices and not as part of the marketing fund, as initially requested by the bureau. The total budget, about NIS 45 million, will allow for preparations for further action, but we do not think it is enough, and in accordance with developments, we will prepare plans for further support.
The center of gravity of our activity will be established in the near future to confirm the outline for the entry of tourists into Israel in order to remove bureaucratic awkwardness in the areas of registration and medical examinations.
Yossi Fattal, Director General of the Inbound Tourism Bureau: On this occasion, we would like to thank the Minister of Tourism, Yoel Rezbozov, and the professional staff at the ministry who led the discussions with the bureau – Amir Halevi, director general of the ministry, Pini Shani, senior vice president of the Tourism Experience Administration and the Foundation Sheffer, senior director of budgets. “
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