To Tour Israel
Moscow (JTA) — Israel is fast be-
coming one of the most popular
destinations among Russian
"A big part of Russian tourists
are those who come to visit rela-
tives in Israel," Yehuda Shen, di-
rector of the Marketing
Operations and Public Relations
Department of the Israel Ministry
of Tourism, said during the an-
nual Moscow International
Tourism and Travel Exhibition.
About 115,000 Russians visit-
ed Israel in 1995, making Russia
the fifth largest source of tourists
to the Jewish state, after the Unit-
ed States, Great Britain, France
and Germany, Mr. Shen said.
More than half of the Russian
tourists are non-Jews, Mr. Shen
said, adding that this number can
be expected to increase.
A 10-day trip from Russia to Is-
rael could cost as little as $800,
including round-trip airfare.
But, Mr. Shen said, "many
Russian tourists in Israel spend
much bigger sums."
He added that about one-tenth
of the Russian tourists are from
the newly wealthy class that
emerged in the wake of Russian
Among the Israeli travel
agents participating in the
tourism exhibition were some
\ ;ip firms recently established with
the sole purpose of serving Russ-
"We serve more than 12,000
Russian-speaking tourists a year,"
said Marina Vorobyova, director
of a travel agency that bears her
She said the recent series of ter-
rorist attacks in Israel were bad
"We had five groups that
scheduled trips for the end of
March," she said. "None of them
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