Israel, according to leading British travel comparison site TravelSupermarket, cracked the Top 10 of most searched-for destinations among Twitter users in 2014.
Israel’s ‘White City’ of Tel Aviv is, based on TravelSupermarket’s list, the sixth-most inquired about hot spot in the world, the UK’s Daily Mail reported last week.
Tel Aviv, Israel’s first modern Jewish city, is the country’s economic and cultural hub, brimming with entertainment, culture, art, festivals – and a sizzling night life.
Beating out Tel Aviv as a top vacation spot are, in descending order: Rovinj, Croatia; Warsaw, Poland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Copenhagen, Denmark.
TravelSupermarket conducted its research by first analyzing statistics from its own site and then combining it with data from Twitter with regards to trending holiday destinations.
Evidently, there is a special chemistry between Twitter, the online social networking and microblogging service, and Israel, the much-maligned Land of Milk and Honey.
Israel: a Top Vacation Spot with Lots of Love
In February, Twitter revealed that Israelis out-tweeted the rest of the world in professing their love on the social media site in 2013.
According to Twitter, Israel ranked first in tweets per million people expressing their love. Overall, 481-million tweets in 116 languages were sent in 2013, including the words, “I love you.”
And if you happen to be of a member of the fairer sex, take note: Israel was ranked the best country in which to live as a woman in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a 2013 report cited by The Huffington Post.
The World Economic Forum released its annual Global Gender Gap Report, examining efforts to close the gap in four categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.
While ranked first for its region, the Jewish state came in 53rd in the overall Gap Report for 2013, moving up three spots from its 2012 ranking.
Israel distinguished itself as a regional land of opportunity in 2013 as well. The Jewish state was ranked second in the Global Dynamism Index science and technology sector of one of the world’s largest worldwide accountancy firms with a mark of 62.7.
Israel moved up one place to second, lagging only behind South Korea with a mark of 64.2. Israel was ranked ahead of Finland (62.6), Sweden (58.8), and Japan (58.7).
Author: Gidon Ben-Zvi, contributor, United with Israel
Date: Mar. 30, 2014