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New Hotels in Israel Will Be Tax-exempt; Hotel Equipment Exempted from Customs Duties

Hotel equipment imported from abroad for use in Israel hotels will be exempted from customs duties, the Finance Ministry announced today. At the same time it was revealed that new hotels will be exempted from taxes for limited periods.

The results of a survey conducted among tourists in Israel, made public today, reveal that 90 percent of the visitors in this country are satisfied with arrangements made for them and with the “cordial reception extended them throughout the country”. Four new hotels with a total capacity of 1,500 beds are scheduled to be completed by the end of next year in Tel Aviv, while new hotels are being planned for Haifa, Nathanya and Naharia.

A total of 14,861 tourists visited Israel during the first eight months of this year as compared to 4,173 tourists who entered the Jewish state during the last eight months of 1948, it was also revealed.