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After 50 Years, Jesus' Baptism Site May Fully Reopen to Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/16/2018, 11:00 PM

The section of the Jordan River traditionally designated as Jesus Christ's baptism site, where the Man from Galilee kicked off his mission to bring peace to the world, is currently surrounded by nearly 4,000 land mines. In other words, the peace-on-earth project still has a ways to go. But at least some moves are being made in the right direction. Following many delays and ongoing negotiations, ...

Though Many May Disagree, I Have Strong Opinions as to Where It is Currently Safe to Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/04/2014, 7:45 PM

Istanbul        Is it safe?  That's the question posed to their travel counsellors by countless Americans, as they ponder the choice of a destination.  And there's no simple answer to any such question.  Terrorists can pop up in the most placid places, violent demonstrations can occur in stable countries, natural disasters may injure or kill the most careful tourist. So I can't ...

Israel Unveils a Sweeping 18% Tourist Tax. Will the Additional Costs Deter Visitors?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/16/2013, 7:15 PM

Israel is already the 8th most expensive country on the planet to visit, according to the World Economic Forum. But a new 18% tax on car rentals, hotel rooms, private guide services and guided tours could well bump the country up the list a place or three. The tax will take effect on June 1. Government officials have said it will go toward's lowering the country's deficit. Some 3.5 mil...

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