NEW YORK -- Dan Hotels, a major Israel hotel chain, is offering a
bevy of spring and summer packages for a number of its properties.
Because of the continued problems in Israel, the packages offer
attractive rates, according to Haim Ariel, general manager and
director of marketing, North America, for Dan Hotels.
Ariel also said travelers should feel secure about traveling in
"In spite of the tension, if someone goes where they're supposed
to go, there won't be a problem," said Ariel. "In existing
circumstances, within the country, it shouldn't be any problem to
The hotel chain has seen some rough patches due to the
Ariel said that occupancy at the King David Jerusalem, which in
better times would be in the 80% to 90% range, was hovering between
40% and 60%. This was despite the fact the property wasn't
particularly close to any troubled areas.
"Fortunately, there are still businesspeople who go to Israel
and are not afraid," said Ariel, who added he felt the U.S.
advisory against travel in Israel was off the mark. "We cannot
predict the end, but we can hope."
The spring packages feature rates of $251 per night, double, at
the King David Jerusalem (through May 31), the Dan Tel Aviv and the
Dan Eilat (both through June 30).
During the summer, rates at the King David Jerusalem will start
at $139 per person, and rates at the Dan Tel Aviv and the Dan
Carmel Haifa will begin at $114 per person.
For more information, call Dan Hotels at (800) 223-7773.