Misezhnikov: Aid for Southern Tourism IndustryPublished on: November 21, 2012
The Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov was accompanied by senior ministry officials on his visit to Southern communities. He met with tourism promoters in Ashkelon and Beersheba. The minister met with hoteliers and B & B owners and with other business owners whose business suffered during the operation. The minister saw that the scope of the damage to the tourism industry was indeed serious and announced that the aid package would give tour operators whose property or income suffered the support they needed.Assistance will include grants to expand and upgrade tourism businesses and accommodation and compensation for the period of the military operation.
The Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov: “We’ve put together a package of incentives and benefits to tour operators in the south. We will be here after the military operation to help the brave people of the South. They give us strength to win and we will not forget them the next day. The tourism industry is one of the anchors of the southern economy and the Ministry of Tourism will be there to help rehabilitate it.”
The economic aid will be offered to tourism service providers in Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sha’ar HaNegev and the Gaza Belt areas.
It will include grants for entrepreneurs in the rural tourism industry and business owners who express interest in opening a new establishment and/or expanding an exisiting business.
The aid will include grants of up to 24 percent of the overall investment cost, in accordance with the published conditions.
A NIS 200,000 increase in the tourism incubator budget has been approved at the ministry.
Misezhnikov also promised to ask the Civil Service Commission to schedule conferences and professional training events for government ministries in the affected areas.
The Tourism Ministry’s situation room was set up and is in regular contact with tour operators, travel agents, guides and airline companies.
The ministry has also issued Home Front Command guidelines in English for tourists.