The Lounge: August 7, 2018

Social news from around Israel.

Airplane [illustrative] (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
Airplane [illustrative]
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)
1. Israeli aviation
Last week, the first Israeli Commercial Aviation Academy (CAA) was inaugurated. The first CAA cadets course took part in the festive ceremony at the Eilat Airport, which was attended by CAA’s president, former IDF chief of staff and Air Force commander Dan Halutz. During the event, Halutz told the first course’s cadets that the world of flying is the rare juxtaposition of love, hobby and career. Also present at the event were Zvika Moskowitz, chairman of the CAA; Dana Lavi, CEO of the Daka 90 Group; and Uri Sirkis, CEO of Israir.
2. Danielly Medical Center
The Danielly Medical Center was recently inaugurated in Petah Tikva. Named for Danielly Sonnenfeld, a volunteer in the oncology department at Schneider Children’s Medical Center who was killed in a traffic accident in 2015, the center will serve as the headquarters of Heroes for Life (HFL). Founded by officers who served in elite IDF units, the non-profit sends groups of post-army Israelis to volunteer in third world countries. The event was attended by Yair Atias, a founder of HFL; Elio Moti Sonnenfeld, Danielly’s father; Eliezer Shkedi, chairman of HFL; Gili Cohen, founder and CEO of HFL; and Alon Puterman.
3. Hainan Airlines
At the end of last week, Hainan Airlines held a festive event at Ben-Gurion Airport to celebrate the launching of Tel Aviv-Guangzhou direct flights. As it has for other flights to Israel, the Tourism Ministry provided a 750,000 euro grant for this flight. During the event, one of the Chinese airline’s Dreamliner planes landed in Israel,  with passengers including China’s Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin and Vice Chairman of the Hainan Airlines Chen Ming. The senior officials were greeted by Minister of Transport and the Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

4. American Colony
The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem recently won the title of Leading Boutique Hotel in Israel for 2018. This was the fifth time that the hotel was being awarded the prestigious World Travel Award, which gives it a distinctive mark of quality and excellence in the tourism industry. Guy Lindt was also appointed CEO of the hotel the very same week. Lindt has had a successful career as manager of the Richmond Hotel in Geneva, as well as of hotels in the Maldives, the Philippines, Canada and French Polynesia. In recent years Lindt served as CEO of Hotel et Centre Thermal d’Yverdon-les-Bains in Geneva.
5. Terminal G
Yaron Eshel, CEO of Gazit Globe Israel, which operates all the G shopping malls in Israeli cities, proudly launched the new 3D exhibition “Around the World Terminal G” at the G Cinema City Complex in Rishon Lezion. The exhibition features huge 3D images of popular sites from around the world, designed to enable Israelis who aren’t traveling overseas to feel for a moment as if they were abroad. Visitors are welcome to take selfies with the backdrop of tourist attractions from around the world behind them. Eshel’s selfie had the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Translated by Hannah Hochner.