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Talking Holy Land pilgrimage with Israel’s Minister of Tourism
Mr. Eliezer Hod, Director of the Western Region USA Office of the Israel Ministry of Tourism, called me up with an offer too good to refuse.
Dr. Uzi Landau, Minister of Tourism from the State of Israel, was in town and wanted to meet with leaders from a “very select” handful of religious tour companies at a private dinner at Morel’s Restaurant at the Grove in Los Angeles. My reply was a no-brainer.
Conversation around the table was animated and open with Dr. Landau, a distinguished and polished man with a warm personality, and who conveys well the hospitality of his Ministry.
He was curious what the State Ministry of Tourism could do to convince more Catholics to come on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I gladly offered some confidential counsel, which was well received. I also extended well earned congratulations to Mr. Hod, Dr. Landau, and their Ministry: the year 2013 set an all-time record for the number of foreign visitors coming to Israel.