Israel Web site adds crisis data

NEW YORK -- To help professionals and clients interested in travel to the Holy Land during its current crisis, the Israel Ministry of Tourism here added information to its Web site.

According to a ministry spokesman, people are continuing to travel to Israel and are planning future trips even if the situation lasts "a long time."

The ministry's goal is to put problems "in context" in a "responsible" way, the spokesman said.

On its Internet home page, the ministry added a link called "What Today's Headlines Mean to Tourists to Israel."

Among the topics featured are an explanation of the current U.S. State Department travel advisory and how it compares to similar pronouncements by other governments in Canada and Europe.

The information describes areas where there have been clashes and explains where the areas are in relation to tourist sites.

In case of last-minute changes, information on what to do and tips on whom to call are also listed.

For information, visit the Web site, at www.goisrael.com, send e-mail to [email protected] or call the Israel Ministry of Tourism InfoCenter at (888) 77-ISRAEL.

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