Ady Gelber, owner and CEO of the Isramworld portfolio of brands, died on April 10, the company said.

Gelber was born in Romania in 1937, and immigrated to Israel with his family in 1948. His career in travel began with Alitalia and El Al, and eventually he came to New York, where he would serve as president of what was then Isram Travel. 

Ady Gelber
Ady Gelber

Gelber helped transform an Israel specialist tour operator into a conglomerate of brands that sends tens of thousands of American travelers to some 60 countries abroad annually.

Once asked what he felt was his greatest professional accomplishment, Gelber responded, “being the first tour operator to offer tours to Israel and Egypt in 1979, and opening our own office in Cairo.”

Isramworld has been an active member of USTOA since 1980.

“He made a significant impact on the tourism industry and to our association,” USTOA’s Terry Dale said in a statement to its membership.

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