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Israel creates 'Safety Net' for conference planners

Israel to compensate companies that cancel international conferences in the case of a political situation

Israel is to compensate companies that have to cancel international conferences in the case of a political situation.

The country’s new Safety Net initiative, announced by the Ministry of Tourism, is designed to support those planning international conferences in Israel from 2017 – 2020.

The initiative will compensate companies for their marketing activities and promotions of international conferences in Israel that would need to be rescheduled or cancelled in the case of a geo-political situation.

Naama Oryan-Kaplan, UK and Ireland director for the Israel Government Tourist Office, said “Israel is a unique destination which has a wonderful mix of ancient history and modern entertainment. The Safety Net initiative will give planners the confidence that international conferences are financially protected should they have to be rescheduled or cancelled.”

Eligible international conferences are ones that will host a minimum of 400 participants and where 50 per cent of attending delegates are not Israeli.

To apply for Safety Net, conferences will need to be held over three days in Israel and will need to be registered through a destination management company (DMC) or academic institution accredited by the Councils for Higher Education.

The Ministry of Tourism hopes that the creation of Safety Net will strengthen events buyers’ confidence in planning events in Israel.

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