The initiative will provide financial support to tour guides and free tours to the residents and visitors
The Israeli government has announced that the Ministry of Tourism will allocate a budget of NIS25 million (US$7.8 million) to help support the tourism industry.
Tour guides will be employed by the government to provide guided tours for the general public and thousands of free tours will be offered every day of the week
To date, more than 1,800 tour guides have responded to the invitation to participate in the project. According to the Tourism Ministry, interested tour guides can contact the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
Tours will be offered in English, Russian, French and Arabic, in addition to the Hebrew-guided tours currently available.
Speaking about the initiative, Israel Minister of Tourism, Yoel Razvozov said: “After two challenging years for the tourism industry, we have here a great opportunity to help tour guides and, finally, to get out from Zoom and return to sanity, to take our friends and family at no cost and enjoy guided tours in cities and nature reserves. So, take a guide and go touring!”
Israel Tour Guides Association chair Ganit Peleg added: “The programme allows tour guides to work after two years in which tourism was halted by the corona pandemic. Therefore, I call on the general public to go out and tour the country with a licensed tour guide.”
For more information, visit www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_tourism/govil-landing-page