In the video: Passenger Hall, Ben Gurion Airport/Yoav Etiel
Who is even thinking about a vacation abroad right now, and the issue of flights seems very distant at the moment for Israelis, and certainly for tourists, but the tourism industry is trying to see some light at the end of the dark tunnel at the moment of a long and difficult war.
The virtual conference "Tourism in Time of Crisis" held last weekend by Terranova on Zoom brought together tourism professionals from Israel and around the world to discuss the implications of the war on tourism in Israel, and what the future holds for Israelis. As part of the conference, the results of a survey conducted among about 150 conference participants were published, in which they answered some interesting questions about the outlook for a return to routine in the industry, even if at the moment it seems quite far away.
It is not known when we will return to flying. Ben Gurion Airport on October 9 this year / Yoav Etiel
Forecast: Tens of percent increase in orders abroad in 2024
For example, to the question "When will we see Israelis return to booking vacations abroad?", 70% of the participants answered that they think tourism will return to normal up to 6 months from now. 34% responded that two months after the end of the war, 29% that it was still too early to predict, 25% answered that during the war, 10% between 6-3 months, and 2% responded that 6 months or more.
Another question dealt with "comparing orders from Israelis this year (until September 2023) to 2024." Participants (24%) estimate that there will be an increase of 20-10 percent in bookings for holidays abroad, with 22% claiming that there will be an increase of more than 20 percent. 20% said there would be an overall increase, while 17% said the numbers would be the same as in 2023. Another 17% said it was too early to predict.
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24% think there will be a 20-10 percent increase in bookings for holidays abroad/Screenshot, Terranova
What destinations will be popular for Israelis next year?
On the question "What are the most important values for Israelis when choosing a vacation destination for next year?" security and safety at the destination; entertainment and shopping; health resorts (spas, etc.); positive hospitality towards Israelis; A destination that will forget everything, the participants replied that security and safety in the destination and positive hospitality towards Israelis will be the most important values that Israelis will face when choosing a destination for a vacation abroad.
Those who come off the Israelis' travel map are Antalya and Morocco. The surprise: The Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark, and Norway), which generally do not support Israel, are apparently making a comeback due to their relative support for Israel in the current crisis.
Scandinavia is back. Swede placed 900 roses at the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm in memory of the murdered/Screenshot, Israeli Embassy in Stockholm
The Short Memory of Israelis
The fifth and final topic in the survey dealt with the airlines flying to Israel, or more accurately, stopped flying there. The issue was divided into three questions: "Do you agree that Israelis would prefer to fly with Israeli companies (El Al and Sun d'Or, Arkia and Israir) even though foreign companies would offer a lower price?"40% completely agreed, 35% disagreed, and 25% responded that it was too early to predict.
Another question dealt with Emirates airlines: "Do you agree that Israelis will remember positively the two airlines – Fly Dubai and Etihad Airways – that continued to operate flights to and from Israel during the war and would prefer to fly with them despite lower prices on other airlines?" 53% completely agreed, 28% said they disagreed, and 19% said it was too early to predict.
A final question on this subject dealt with the short memory of Israelis: In the end, people decide where and with whom to fly according to the price and schedule that suits them. "Do you agree that there will be no change in the Israelis' decision-making process regarding flight choices?" 26% said there would be no big change, 56% disagreed, and 18% said it was too early to predict.
Airlines from the Emirates didn't stop flying here - shall we remember that for them? Fly Dubai/ShutterStock, Shutterstock
What do you think?
When will Israelis return to booking flights abroad?
During the war
Two months after the end of the war
6-3 months from the end of the war
6 months or more from the end of the war
Too early to predict
The most homely in the world?
Would you prefer to fly with Israeli airlines after the war?
It depends on the price
Just not Israeli
Would you prefer to fly to destinations that were in favor of us during the war?
It depends on the price of the vacation
No, there is no connection
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