Dan Hotels slates seasonal Israel plans

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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 Israel.

"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 walk around."

The hotel chain has seen some rough patches due to the disturbances.

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.

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