‘Trip to Israel to study rural tourism, agro’


 Come February 20, a delegation comprising the deputy chief minister, the tourism minister, tourism and industry stakeholders and government bureaucrats will head for Israel on the invitation of the latter government.
The visit is to study the country's rural tourism and agriculture, and also because Israel has mooted a proposal to start a direct flight to Goa, said tourism minister Dilip Parulekar. He added that the flight-that will also go up to Kochi-is expected to benefit Christians in India who wish to visit the Holy Land.
The five-day trip is being sponsored entirely by the Israeli government, Parulekar said. He added that the invitation had first come in November last year, but was postponed due to busy schedules. [TOI]