San Juan Capistrano, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2014
A San Juan Capistrano travel agent recently completed the comprehensive Israel Ministry of Tourism training program and attended the 20th Annual International Tourism Exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israel in February 2014, at the invitation of the Israel Ministry of Tourism. As a faith based travel expert, Ann Ronan of Expedia Cruiseship Centers joins an exclusive group of travel agents who are recognized in the travel industry for their unique qualifications, knowledge and ability to provide travel services to religious organizations interested in pilgrimages and holy land tours.
“3.54 million visitors from around the world arrived in Israel in 2013, a new all-time high in travel to Israel,” says Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. The U.S. is the number one source of tourism to Israel (20% of tourists to Israel come from North America), followed by Russia, France, Germany and the U.K. The month of December 2013 also set a new record high, with the arrival of 24% more tourists (visitors who stayed more than one night) than in 2012. Cruise travel to Israel also increased in 2013 with the arrival of a record 257,000 cruise visitors. With Pope Francis’s plans to visit Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan in May, 2014, interest in the destination continues to rise.
“I'm thrilled to be a Israel Travel Specialist and look forward to helping faith based communities participate in the history, faith and culture associated with their religion. The knowledge I've gained makes me a more valuable resource for faith based groups, and enables me to recommend the very best tours, hotels and experiences to match all of their group travel needs,” said Ronan.
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For further information, contact:
Expedia CruiseShip Centers, San Juan Capistrano