|Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, second row, far right, along with Executive Committee members of the USTOA|
At the invitation of Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, Executive Committee members of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), traveled through Israel the week of April 21 through April 26, as part of a group visit to get better acquainted with the country. The USTOA tour of Israel was and co-sponsored by El Al Israel Airlines, and included visits to some of the country's top cities and destinations, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Acre, Safed, the Galilee and Nazareth, Caesarea, the Dead Sea and Masada. The visit also included meetings with local tourism officials and a special USTOA board meeting.
The United States Tour Operators Association is the largest professional trade association for American tour operators. Haim Gutin expressed his excitement at having hosted the USTOA tour of Israel saying, “We hope all attendees will return from Israel inspired and will help attract a new wave of travelers to visit Israel this year."