JERUSALEM – In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, Israel's Tourism Ministry has announced a 25 million shekel (USD 7 million) plan to assist the country's tour guides.
According to sources, the proposal is part of a government decision to support Israel's tourism industry, which has suffered huge losses as a result of the pandemic. the public would be given tens of thousands of free guided tours, allowing jobless guides to return to work. The free excursions will be available on a daily basis through the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority's websites and in other towns.
According to the Ministry, more than 1,800 tour guides have signed up for the programme thus far. Tours will soon be accessible in English, Russian, French, and Arabic, in addition to the Hebrew-guided tours that are presently available.
"After two difficult years for the tourism industry, we now have a fantastic opportunity to assist tour guides and, finally, get out of Zoom," said Yoel Razvozov, Minister of Tourism. "The excursions are not only a great experience, but they also help the tour guides find work," said Ganit Peleg, chair of the Israel Tour Guides Association.