Despite the recent Israeli-Gaza conflict, a senior Israeli tourism official saw it normal to encourage persons in Dubai to visit Israel, as she described it as a must-see destination for Muslim visitors.
This generally seems like bad timing for such promotion, especially considering the fact that major airlines have discontinued flight operations to Israel due to the increased violence from the conflict.
However, at the first physical travel and tourism event in Dubai, the Arabian travel market, Israel had a decorated stand exhibiting the Country as “the land of creation” along with promotional videos urging tourists to visit and book their trips now!
The Israeli new market development director in the Tourism Ministry, Ksenia Kobiakov, stated “We were not talking about it. We are talking about the future. We are talking about what we can do to bring tourism to Israel.”
She further made clear ‘the hope is that Emirati citizens and foreign residents of the UAE will visit Israel in return and help its tourism sector rebound when the country is open again to tourists.’
Kobiakov also added “People don’t feel safe to travel now to Israel. It’s understandable. But this escalation, it will finish one day,” she said. “We know that all the conflicts are coming and they are going. Tourism is staying forever.”