From cable cars to Jewish theme parks, these new Israeli tourism initiatives will make visiting Israel much more fun and accessible. Our friends at Israel21c tell us more.
1. Cable car in Jerusalem
About 85% of tourists to Israel visit the iconic religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. However, although special arrangements can be made for visitors with mobility limitations, accessibility is problematic. Buses and cars battle heavy traffic; parking is inadequate. Pedestrians encounter stairs, uneven cobblestones and narrow alleys.
That’s why Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin wasn’t exaggerating when he said that a planned cable car “will change the face of Jerusalem, offering tourists and visitors easy and comfortable access to the Western Wall, and will serve as an outstanding tourism attraction in its own right.”
On Jerusalem Day last May, the government approved Levin’s proposal to invest $56 million in building a 1,400-meter cable car route from the First Station leisure compound (offering ample parking and bus transportation) to the Dung Gate, the entrance nearest to the Davidson Center-Jerusalem Archeological Park and Western Wall.