Isreal – 2 Destinations, 1 unforgettable MICE event.

Hi Everyone. It’s Sophie here from Make Happen. At Make Happen we’re always on the lookout for new destinations for meetings & incentives. One of the destinations that keeps us chatting is Israel, with its captivating culture, history and food. Luckily enough, I was invited out to Israel recently to explore what the country has to offer and I thought I’d share with you some advice/thoughts.

General Advice

You can touch down in Israel in hours from a number of international airports. Israel’s international airport, Ben Gurion, is located near the town of Lod, 35 minutes from Jerusalem and about a half hour from Tel Aviv. Most flights to and from Europe range from a mere three to five hours in duration and with close to 200 incoming flights per day, the country is well connected to all major hubs in the world.

There are several modes of transport in Israel eg. express train, coaches, buses, rail and private cars and taxis. To simplify logistics for my fellow event planners, Israel has visa exemption agreements with many countries for visits of up to 90 days.

It’s important to address safety, as there is a lot of misconceptions about the country. Israel is generally a very safe place to travel and violent crime against tourists is extremely rare. However, if you feel unsafe or want to be reassured by anything before or during your stay don’t be afraid to ask your hotel, event planning contacts or the Israeli CVB.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem can only be described as a melting pot of everything culture, food, history and religion. No trip to Jerusalem is complete without a trip to The Old City. Take stroll through the open market, a walk along the ramparts, or a visit to the Western Wall and its newly discovered tunnels, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Temple Mount (Al-Aqsa) or the Tower of David Museum. For meetings & Incentives, Jerusalem boasts a wide range of chain and boutique hotels. With over 9,000 rooms in the city, Jerusalem can accommodate a range of small/medium groups. By 2020, the city will have approximately 17,500 hotel rooms. If your group is looking for something a little more high end The King David is the perfect choice (the hotel has hosted the great and the good from Barack Obama to Stephen Hawking).

Downtown Jerusalem is the heart of the modern metropolis, bursting with nightlife, dining and culture that rival any major city. Split into several lively and colourful neighbourhoods— Nachlaot and Mahane Yehuda (a market by day and bustling entertainment hub at night), Nahalat Shiva and Ben Yehuda and Jaffa Streets. Each neighbourhood combines the old and new and has its own personality and atmosphere.

Tel Aviv

Just over an hour away from Jerusalem but a world away from the culture and historical vibe, stands Tel Aviv. The city that never sleeps. Tel Aviv’s friendly vibe is unbeatable. More than a beach town, it offers a rare blend of world-class culture and  innovation, a cutting-edge arts scene and a progressive foodie scene.

Tel Aviv boasts a range of accommodations – from established international hotel chains dotting Tel Aviv’s prime stretch of Mediterranean coastline to contemporary boutique hotels scattered about the city’s most coveted neighbourhoods. In Tel Aviv you can spend a day lounging on the beach promenade, visit one of the oldest port cities in the world ‘Jaffa’ or spend the day on an exclusive food tour trying the best falafel and Israeli cuisine.

Ein Gedi/Dead Sea

A small detour not to miss is on any incentive is Ein Gedi, the group can hike through steep canyons to crystal-clear pools and tumbling waterfalls before climbing to the Judean Desert or heading down to the seashore for a briny, invigorating dip in the dead sea.

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