Multiple hotel renos, new tour partnership for Israel’s Dan Hotels
Jerry Adler, government of Israel, ministry of tourism, director for Canada; Ellen Melman, government of Israel, ministry of tourism, Director of Operations & Marketing, Travel Industry, Clergy & Community Liason, Canada; Eitan Sasson, Director of Marketing & Sales North America for Dan Hotels; Dinah Kutner, General Manager for El Al Airlines; Jacob Mazgaonkar, Sales & Marketing Representative for El Al Airlines; and Guy Gordon, Head of Business development & Innovation for Gordon Travel Group.

Multiple hotel renos, new tour partnership for Israel’s Dan Hotels

TORONTO — Dan Hotels unveiled new looks for renovated public rooms and guestrooms at many of its hotels at a travel agent workshop and seminar in Toronto yesterday.

Representatives from the Israel Ministry of Tourism and El Al were also in attendance at the event. El Al recently purchased 16 Dreamliner airbuses for medium to long-haul flights and also announced new routes from Boston and a partnership with Porter Airlines for passengers to connect in Newark, NJ before continuing on to Tel Aviv.

Dan Hotels’ multimillion renovation project, now spanning seven years, aims to upgrade the main lobby, guestrooms, VIP lounge and bars in multiple hotels. Between the 13 properties there are 3,850 rooms, in top destinations across Israel.

“The number of repeat visitors for Dan Hotels – unlike any other chain in Israel – is mainly based on our incoming tourism, and within that, our North American travellers,” said Eitan Sasson, Dan Hotels’ Director of Marketing & Sales in North America. “Forty percent of our guests are North American tourists and 32% are returning guests.”

The Dan Carmel in Haifa completed renovations in 2014 to its Deluxe and Executive Level Rooms. Every bathroom has a separate bath and shower and all rooms with a terrace face the Bay of Haifa.

Renovations to the Deluxe Rooms in the main building of Dan Accadia in Herzilya will be completed by the first week of April.

For families or groups travelling together, the Dan Eilat features large Family Rooms and can accommodate two adults and three children (under 12 years). All rooms face the Red Sea, have adults-only and family-friendly facilities, two pools and access to a semi-private beach. The Club Room with Balcony, Jacuzzi and Sea View are currently being upgraded with completion set for the end of 2017.

Some of the completed rooms are already available for reservations. Agents can find the ‘new’ section under each room category. Guests staying at the Dan Eilat Panorama have access to Dan Eilat’s amenities and beach access.

The Standard Rooms at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv were renovated five years ago, with the Deluxe Rooms and Family Rooms updated in 2014.

At the Dan Tel Aviv, visitors can enjoy a RESTART Workshop with instructors leading yoga, meditation and running tours throughout the year at no extra cost. There are also new live jazz performances in the lobby on Thursday evenings.

Clients staying at the Dan Jerusalem will see the new reception area with marble work when they first enter.

Dan Hotels had a successful experiment with the Dan Boutique Jerusalem. While it is not a boutique property in the sense that it is small and personalized – the hotel has over 100 rooms – it aims for budget-minded visitors while still being trendy and within Dan Hotels’ quality of service. It has an affiliation with the local art school and displays work throughout the property. In Jerusalem, where many restaurants shut down during the Sabbath, it still maintains an active entertainment area.

Dan Hotels’ partnership with Gordon Travel has introduced ‘Cycling Through Israel’, where guests get to visit famous sites, cycle through off beaten paths and trails along natural scenery, ancient history and archaeological sites. Certified adventure guides accompany groups throughout the entire tour.

While it is not an intensive itinerary, Dan Hotels recommends participants are comfortable with riding a bike and have some level of fitness skill. Guests are given a choice of two riding levels, between 20 to 50 miles per day. There are three guaranteed departure dates in May, September and October, 2017 with a minimum of two persons. Groups can also go with customized tour options although it is not recommended to cycle during the summer months. The program includes bike equipment and maintenance, luggage transfer, meals and security. A van accompanies the tour for riders who want to take a break or for groups that have people not riding at all.

All clients can enjoy a full Israeli breakfast and free WiFi for up to three devices per room. For added value, visitors are encouraged to get an e-Dan Membership with perks such as 5% discount on all direct bookings with Dan Hotels and an additional 12.5% discount on all extras from food and beverages to laundry. Members can also have early check-in, points redeemable for free nights and meals and special personalized offers.

With the GOLDAN 7 offer, guests who book a minimum of seven-nights accommodation within the chain receive the lowest rate in each hotel, with an average of $50 night. Dates do not have to be consecutive and are non-brand specific. For more information visit

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