Tel Aviv 'sex appeal' and gay-friendliness draws tourists

Israel targets youth at Naples BMT

26 March, 20:41

    Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, Israel Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, Israel

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES - Tel Aviv is promoting itself at the Naples Mediterranean Tourism Bourse (BMT) as a gay-friendly city with 'sex appeal' as part of its bid to draw more youths to the city. The Israeli national tourism bureau noted that there would be a Gay Pride Festival in Eilat on May 7-9 and one in Tel Aviv on June 4-14. The niche market is one that Israel is enjoying ever greater success in. Tel Aviv is considered one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. New flights from March 30 will connect Naples with Tel Aviv and cut travel time to only three hours.

    The Israeli city has long attracted young crowds and was recently inserted onto Thrillist.com as a city with one of the 'sexiest neighborhoods' in the world.

    ''Israel's renowned for its gorgeous citizenry, having produced the wonders that are Bar Refaeli and Gal Gadot, but Tel Aviv in particular serves as a crossroads of international and domestic hotties. Add in the fact that the city's population is overwhelmingly single, and you'll start to see how a hip neighborhood like Gan Hahashmal -- with its public garden, late-Ottoman-era houses, and cutting-edge boutiques -- can be a hotbed of sexy people doing sexy things,'' said Thrillist.com. The Tel Aviv neighborhood came in ahead even of New York's Soho in the rankings, which were led by the Ipanema neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Israel also offers many youth-oriented music events. In May, Tel Aviv will hold concerts with Robbie Williams, One Republic and the Backstreet Boys. For more traditional tastes, there will be the June Tosca di Puccini concert in Masada and l'Elisir d'Amore di Donizzetti, inserted into the Jerusalem festival set to run May 28 to June 18. From June 3 to 11, Jerusalem will host an annual festival of lights, in which buildings, statues, monuments and streets will be lit up.(ANSAmed).

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