NEW YORK – The Israel Ministry of Tourism is pleased to share the news of the appointment of its new minister, Yoel Razvozov, Israeli politician and former judoka Olympian. As Minister of Tourism, Razvozov will work closely with the new government to create and execute a plan to bring both domestic and international tourism back in Israel following more than a year of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re encouraged with the appointment of Yoel Razvozov and are looking forward to working with him to bring North American tourists back to Israel,” said Eyal Carlin, Israel Ministry of Tourism Commissioner for North America. “With new flight routes from the U.S. to Israel launched – even during the pandemic – our initial reopening pilot program having great success, and now the new Minister and the new government’s announcement of the expanded reopening to international travelers beginning on July 1, I feel very encouraged and believe that tourism to Israel will be back to pre-pandemic highs before long.”
Razvozov, who first entered the Knesset in 2013, has served as Chairperson of the Sports Lobby of the Knesset and Chairperson of the Generation and a Half Lobby since 2015. In the 19th Knesset (2013-2015), Razvozov was appointed Chairperson of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs.
“My first task as Minister of Tourism is to build a correct and effective outline for the easing of conditions for tourists to enter Israel - of course, without endangering the citizens of Israel and in cooperation with the professional bodies in the Ministry of Health,” said Razvozov.
Prior to entering politics, Razvozov served as Chairman and Director of the Israel Olympic Committee (2008-2013) and held the sports portfolio in the Netanya City Council. Razvozov is a former judoka Olympian, and at the age of 16, was named an Israeli champion, holding the title for 10 consecutive years. He served as captain of Israel's national Judo team, winning two silver medals in the European championship and representing Israel in the 2004 Athens Olympics.