Two thousand new hotel and tourism industry jobs were offered by Tourism Minister on Tuesday, at the opening of the annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) exhibition in Tel Aviv.
The two day event includes exhibits by over 150 Israeli and foreign tourist operators showcasing the tourist draws of Israel and dozens of foreign countries.
This year's event included a national tourism employment fair as well as a very prominent showing of tourist booths from Eastern Europe countries not on the Euro, where the shekel can go a long way. Many of these countries included less familiar destinations for Israelis, such as Latvia, Uzbekistan, and Slovenia, which stood next to old standards like Greece, Cyprus, and India.
The event was launched a day before Tourism Minister Shas Miseznhikov (Yisrael Beitenu) will announce the cancellation of visa requirements for Israeli citizens visiting the Ukraine. The agreement was signed six months ago, but will only go into effect on Wednesday.
The Tourism Ministry has announced that the visa cancellation would increase by around 40% the number of Israelis visiting Ukraine.
The cancellation of the visa requirement will mainly benefit two constituents, Ukrainian-Israelis visiting relatives in the country, and religious Jews traveling to the yearly pilgrimmage in the Uman, the burial place of Rabbi Nahman, the founder of the Breslov Hassidic sect.