The Chinese government announced on Thursday that it has added Israel to its list of approved countries for group travel from China
The announcement comes following the efforts of Tourism Minister Haim Katz and Chinese Ambassador to Israel Tsai Ron, who have been working to deepen tourism between the two countries.
During the pandemic, all travel between China and Israel ceased and it has been slow to reopen.
According to the Tourism Ministry’s data, over 60% of Chinese tourism to Israel in 2019, estimated at 150,000 visitors, came from group tours.
With the number of flights and group trips from China to Israel expected to increase, the Tourism Ministry is preparing to expand marketing operations and improve the experience of Chinese tourists in Israel.
"I welcome the decision and thank the Chinese ambassador to Israel Tsai Ron, for his cooperation and efforts to add Israel as a recommended country for group tours,” said Katz.
“This will dramatically increase the volume of incoming tourism from China. The Asian market has enormous potential, we will continue to work to bring it to fruition.”
Ambassador Ron recently informed Minister of Tourism Katz about the decision to increase the number of flights between the countries, and that China plans to take part in the 2024 International Tourism Fair held in Israel.
There are currently direct fights to Israel from Beijing and Shanghai, and direct flights from Shenzhen to Israel are expected to begin soon.