Belgrade was recently visited by the most important tour operators from Israel, who will now offer Israeli tourists trips to Serbia.
"Israel is an important market for our reception agencies, Israeli tourists are exceptional guests, interested in tradition, culture, and history, but also in quality catering service. The Tourism Association of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia ( CCIS) is actively promoting, together with the Tourist Organization of Belgrade and Serbia the destinations and economic development of the Serbian tourism industry, pointed out Tijana Maljković, secretary of the CCIS' Tourist Association.
The study visit of Israeli tour operators was organized by the Tourist Organization of Belgrade (TOB) in cooperation with the Tourist Organization of Serbia ( TOS), Air Serbia, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia on the occasion of the establishment of direct lines between Tel Aviv and Belgrade.
"Destinations are not only made up of beautiful buildings and tourist attractions, but destinations are also made up of people, and what we managed to feel and experience in Belgrade, along with wonderful places and food, incredible energy, and hospitality, which is extremely important to every tourist," said Mark Feldman, director of the largest and oldest agency in Israel, Diesenhouse, at business meetings with the Serbian tourism industry.
Owners, directors, and managers of agencies Diesenhaus, Kan Tayarut, Genesis Tours, Massaot, Travelor Ltd, and Nesher Tours, met with representatives of local agencies Balkan Holidays, Globe Metropolitan Tours, Wild Serbia, Robinson, Hedonic, and Talas Travel, to talk business.
Miodrag Popović, director of TOB, Olga Stojanović, manager at TOS, Željko Stojčić from Air Serbia, and Tijana Maljković presented the Israeli guests with new opportunities for travel on Air Serbia flights.
A significant contribution to the organization of this visit was also made by the CCIS’ Representation Office in Israel.
"Given the huge interest in the study visit, I had the opportunity to suggest the most adequate tour operators that will contribute to the increase of overnight stays by Israeli tourists in our capital, but also in the country in general. The opportunity arose when Air Serbia renewed four direct flights a week, which increased the number of the two existing flights of the Israeli airline Arkia (Arkia), between Ben-Gurion Airport (Ben-Gurion, TLV) and Nikola Tesla. The increased number of flights will contribute to Belgrade's competitiveness among other destinations in central and southern Europe. Fundamental calculations await us, which can certainly be a boost for the upcoming autumnal Jewish holidays", said Aleksandar Nikolić, Director of the CCIS Representative Office in Jerusalem and Honorary Consul in Israel.