Israel investing NIS 11 million in LGBT tourism

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Tel Aviv City Hall lit up as a pride flag (Photo: Yaron Brener)

Following the annual success of Tel Aviv’s Pride Week, the Tourism Ministry is developing a campaign to bring even more LGBT tourists to Israel year-round.

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Days of Lot

Please read Leviticus 18:22-30“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you. For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.” —Leviticus 18:22-30 to see the results of this lifestyle on a progressively decaying society, as it turns from it’s creator.

Jacobs Troubles

“For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. or it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.”
Jeremiah 30:3-9

The Ministry of Tourism is preparing to invest an impressive NIS 11 million to promote LGBT tourism to Israel. The ministry is planning a campaign targeting multiple countries, including many in Europe, that is intended to promote Israel as a liberal country and entice members of the LGBT community to visit.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin confirmed on Monday that his ministry, in conjunction with external organizations and in collaboration with the Tel Aviv Municipality, is examining the marketing plan for the LGBT community. However, unlike in past years, the plan is to extend beyond the Pride events during the month of June. The campaign’s content and character has not yet been finalized, but its overriding goal is to increase LGBT tourism to Israel.

“We’re building a plan for a long-term strategy,” said the minister. “Different organizations that we work with have marked the LGBT community as one that has significant potential for growth, and I certainly want to break into larger numbers than we have today.”

Levy further noted that, in recent years, thousands of young LGBT people have come to Tel Aviv’s Pride events, and his ministry is aiming to produce additional, innovative marketing activities.

At the world’s largest tourism convention, ITB, which took place in Berlin at the beginning of March, Levin’s ministry sent in reinforcements to promote Tel Aviv’s Pride parade: the drag queen Arie Oshri. Oshri, an Israeli, resides in Berlin. During the convention, he spoke with guests about Tel Aviv and what it has to offer

A ministry source explained that LGBT tourism is less influenced than other streams of tourism by security and economic events. Since they began promoting Tel Aviv as a liberal city about a decade ago, the source added, tourism to it has grown by hundreds of percent. All year long, LGBT tourists, mainly from Europe, come to visit for weekends in Tel Aviv and trips around the country.

  1. stesse, 23 April, 2016

    Oy, vey! This is not the way to get on Elohim’s good side.

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