Cathay Pacific and Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) recently hosted “Israel Ministry of Tourism and Cathay Pacific Connect” at The Peninsula Manila and Radisson Blu in Cebu.
The business tourism networking event, attended by corporate guests, Cathay Pacific members and select travel agency partners, highlighted Israel as a business and leisure destination.
Ilan Fluss, Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines, graced the event and shared fascinating insights on his country including some interesting historical background on the close ties between Israel and the Philippines. “I am aware that the Holy land is in the bucket list of Filipinos. But in addition to the traditional pilgrimage, I recommend that you also explore the modern side of Israel, especially our innovation and technology.’ Israeli Ambassador said.
Mr. Sammy Yahia, IMOT’s Director of Tourism for India and the Philippines, gave a presentation on the diverse and unique places, experiences, and activities that one can expect in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other cities in Israel. “Israel is a diverse country, wherein you can experience both desert and snow at the same time. Filipinos has a gift of visa free to Israel. So, we look forward in welcoming you in Israel”.
Cathay Pacific in turn, shared a brief update on flight schedules from Manila & Cebu, good connections to worldwide destinations as well as recent developments in their Cathay membership programme. “We are pleased that we were able to bring together our corporate guests and agency experts through this event. And as the name Cathay Pacific Connect suggests, our aim was to connect our partners and give them the opportunity to discuss travel prospects to Israel, as Tel Aviv is one of our key destinations,” said Cathay Pacific Head of Sales Chinkee Bayaborda.
Filipinos are allowed visa-free entry to Israel up to 90 days but are advised to have secure a confirmed round-trip ticket with onward flight and hotel accommodation prior to departure, sufficient pocket money worth at least $2,000, and Philippine passport with more than 6 months of validity after intended date of return.