The Bureau, addressing the Minister of Tourism, Yoel Rezbozov: “The setting of a hysterical cross-cutting policy by the Ministry of Health, as is apparently being formulated, will not contribute to public health and will cause costly and unnecessary economic and image damage.”
Letter Bureau of Incoming Tourism Organizers in Israel, Sent to the Minister of Tourism Joel Rezbozov:
The current situation, according to which it is currently not possible on the website of the Ministry of Tourism to submit applications for the entry of tourist groups as of August 1 and that at the beginning of July there is no hint of what should happen in August (about 3 weeks from today), is unlikely.
This is especially true in light of the fact that since the beginning of the pilot at the end of last May until today, dozens of tourist groups have visited and are visiting Israel flawlessly, without incidents and without health problems and certainly does not pose a risk to be feared. The recent announcement by the Israeli government that tourists were postponed from July to August also raised expectations around the world, and reservations were made accordingly, including non-refundable payments to airlines, etc.
As we all know, organizing a tourist movement to Israel requires many weeks of preparation. We are also aware of the fact that in light of the lack of clarity, cancellations for existing bookings for the end of summer and autumn have already begun to be accepted.
From recent talks with representatives of the Ministry of Health and the News on Corona virus infections, we fear that decisions on inbound tourism will not be made, and at the end of this month the pilot for tourist groups entering Israel will be stopped and stopped, not even as part of the procedure.
It seems that the attention of decision-makers in the field of health, is focused on a policy of “what is forbidden” instead of “how to do”.
In light of the above, last weekend we sent a letter to the Minister of Tourism, Yoel Razbozov, with an urgent request for his intervention in the dialogue with the Minister of Health, MK Nitzan Horowitz, in order to remove the fog regarding the immediate future and its aftermath. They will prevent tourists from entering Israel starting in August.
Source: IAS by www.ias.co.il.
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