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Encouraging Tourism in Northern Israel

October 19, 2016

by: Edgar Asher

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The ‘Akko Queen’ letting off its first passengers at Akko Harbor

Friday, 21 October, 2016 | A new pleasure cruise line has been inaugurated between Haifa and Akko at the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and the Old Akko Development Company. The idea behind the initiative is to encourage tourism in the north, especially in Akko, while at the same time encourage visitors to use some of the many high quality hotels to be found in the Haifa area

The cruise by sea is in a vessel that has a capacity of over two-hundred passengers. The journey in each direction takes three-quarters of an hour and is itself an opportunity to see the very interesting coastline of each city as well as unusual views of the Carmel Mountain range and spectacular views of the western and lower Galilee. At night, it will be possible to see the glistening lights of Haifa all up and down Mt. Carmel, and see the world famous Bahai gardens lit up. The fare on the new line is $8 one way, with the return trip costing $14.

At the same time the new route is being inaugurated, a new 4,000 square meter Orchard Garden is being opened in Akko in the style of the Ottoman-period of the late eighteenth century. The renovation of the garden incorporates a 400-seat amphitheater and many fountains. Some of the trees date back to the original establishment of the garden over two hundred years ago.

There are currently 1,400 hotel rooms available in Haifa, with another 600 hotel rooms being built. The idea is that visitors will come and visit Haifa and then explore the rest of the north of Israel using Haifa as a base. The pleasure cruise will enable people to stay in Haifa and reach Akko’s Old City with ease. The number of return trips between Haifa and Akko will depend on demand.

Posted on October 19, 2016

Source: (Excerpt of article originally published by Ashernet on 16 October 2016. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

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