Eilat and Aqaba 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
The Israel Hotel Association released its holiday occupancy rate forecasts on
Monday, saying that hotels will be averaging 80 percent occupancy nationwide for
According to the IHA, which collect data from 350 hotels
across the country, the highest occupancy rates will be registered in Eilat and
the Dead Sea, while the hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, will operate at medium
The seaside resorts of Eilat and the Dead Sea are expected to
operate at near full capacity this September, with bookings indicating between
90%-95% occupancy rates.
Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov will be in
Eilat on Tuesday to see firsthand the preparations taking place in the tourism
Also expecting high occupancy rates are the kibbutz
guesthouses, which are anticipating 85%-90% capacity.
Out of Israel’s
three largest cities, Haifa is expected to lead the way in hotel occupancy at
80%-90%, followed by Tel Aviv with 70% and Jerusalem, which is only expected to
register 65% occupancy.
IHA director general Shmuel Zurel explained the
variance between the different locations.
“Jerusalem and Tel Aviv rely
mainly on incoming tourism and to a lesser degree on local tourism by Israelis.
Traditionally they do not report high occupancy rates for Rosh Hashana.
Moreover, demands for Rosh Hashana are mostly by Jews who come to Israel from
abroad, some of whom own apartments in those cities and take advantage of them
during their holiday visits.”
Zurel added, however, that Succot occupancy
forecasts for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are also on the low side, 50% in Tel Aviv
and 65%- 67% in Jerusalem.
“This is somewhat of a disappointment since
Succot has traditionally been considered a period of high demand among
Evangelical Christians wishing to visit Jerusalem. As for Tel Aviv, it is a
trend that repeats itself every year. Fewer businesspeople visit Israel in
September and it affects occupancy rates.”
According to Daka 90 Tourism
Company, 90,000 Israelis will stay at Israeli hotels during the upcoming holiday
season, 10% more than last year. The company reported that most of the rooms
have already been booked since mid July and that prices for three nights over
the holiday ranged from NIS 1,500 to 1,900 per person.
holiday meal at a hotel is expected to cost between NIS 200-300 per
The Israel Aviation Authority estimated that during the upcoming
holiday season 1,185,000 passengers will pass through Ben- Gurion International
Airport on 7,370 flights, a 13% increase in passengers numbers over the same
period in 2009.