Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat ranked 6th on a list of “52 places to go in 2019” by the New York Times published this weekend.
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Eilat, the southern port and resort town on the Red Sea, is already a popular destination with Israelis and Europeans. An attractive scuba diving spot, with stunning coral reef, the city has undergone a transformation in recent years, opening new hotels, a new airport, and welcoming more direct flights from outside Israel.
“With the opening early this year of Ramon Airport, set in the dramatic Timna Valley and capable of handling four million international transit passengers a year, the world will finally get a direct route – with nonstops from Munich and Frankfurt on Lufthansa, and budget carriers flying in from Prague, London and across Europe,” writes the New York Times.
NoCamels reported last year that Eilat seeks to become a global travel tech hub, connecting travel companies with cutting-edge Israeli startups to boost travel and tourism.