Israel Offers Lower Prices to American Tourists in 1953

Improved facilities and lower prices are among the inducements offered to tourists visiting Israel in 1953, it was announced here today by Amos Irron, director of the State of Israel Tourist Center.

In a statement issued through the economic department of the Jewish Agency, Mr. Irron said: “Israel is looking forward to welcoming a record number of tourists during the coming year. As a result of the recently introduced reduction of the official tourist rate of exchange and the freezing of hotel rates until October 1953, the cost of traveling in Israel will compare favorably with that in European countries.”

The over-all cost of a trip to Israel will be reduced still further by the introduction, as of April 1, 1953, of tourist rates for flights between Europe and Israel. As a result of these savings, an all-expense two-week visit to Israel, including transportation by air from New York, will become available for less than $1,000, Mr. Irron pointed out. Discounts and other concessions are available to the tourist who purchases “Service for Tourists in Israel” letters of credit. These serve as both currency and ration coupons.

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