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Upscale travel company Cadogan Holidays has added Israel to its list of destinations offered to clients for 2006.
The company, part of the Bland Group which owns GB Airways and The Rock hotel in Gibraltar, has decided that 2006 is a good year to make Israel as part of its travel offers.
"Our research shows that Israel is on the up. Although the current visitor numbers are small, they are steadily growing and we firmly believe that it is going to be an up and coming destination next year," said Cadogan Holidays managing director Gary David.
"There is a strong lack of interest from any of the major players – those that do feature Israel only feature Eilat and so we see a real opportunity here to capture the market in the lesser-known destinations of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem," he added.
The company hopes to attract clients who are looking for an alternative to north African destinations. "Morocco and Tunisia have been firm favourites with our clients for years and they offer a great blend of fabulous beaches, sunshine and a fascinating culture. We are anticipating Israel to attract a similar clientele as it really does have a great balance of everything."
Cadagon's David has had a close connection with the Israeli tourism industry. He started his career with Israeli travel specialists Peltours and help to found the Israel Travel Association in 1987.
The initial offerings from Cadogan feature 12 hotels across Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Herzliya and start from £38 a night per person for a four star hotel with breakfast.
A tour of Israel of eight days and seven nights which includes visiting and staying in locations including Tel Aviv, Jericho, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea costs from £449 per person. Prices include accommodation and breakfast but exclude flights.
For more information: www.cadoganholidays.com