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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jerusalem Innovative Tourism Summit 2013


(Jerusalem, Israel, April 2, 2013) The Jerusalem Innovative Tourism Summit 2013, scheduled to take place on May 28-29 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, is expected to attract travel industry leaders and innovators in the travel technology sector from around the world. Summit 2013 will focus on cutting edge technology and its impact on the tourism industry as well as on the development of urban tourism.

This groundbreaking Summit is being hosted by the Jerusalem Municipality, in cooperation with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Prime Minister's Office, The Ministry of Tourism, The Jerusalem International Convention Center and the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, noted that "Jerusalem is proud to continue the tradition of hosting the annual Jerusalem Innovative Tourism Summit, and 2013 will be the third. As a world leader in innovation and tourism, Jerusalem has broken numerous records for the number of foreign and domestic tourists arriving to the city. It is therefore most befitting for Jerusalem to host key figures in the tourism industry from around the globe and locally, as well as to present the next game-changing technological advancements that will impact the travel industry."

Speakers will include a powerful and diverse cross section of industry leaders including Sheldon Adelson, world renowned hotelier and business magnate, and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation; Michael Leven, President of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation; Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director of the Sustainable Development Program, The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); and key government tourism officials from leading tourism destinations such as Thailand, Korea, Spain as well as Urban tourism experts, architects and technology innovators, including leading pioneers in the digital travel space, Expedia and TripAdvisor.


Summit 2013 panel topics will include: Planning Models for Urban Tourism, Tourism as a Tool for Urban Economic Development, The Smartphone Revolution and the Impact on Users and Managers of Urban Tourism, New Transportation Paradigms and the Future of Urban Tourism, Follow the Asian Success Story, Intangible Heritage and Urban Tourism Development, Sport and Urban Tourism and Hotel Development in Historic Cities.

The Summit will also offer an exciting glimpse into the world of application technologies, their importance and use in expanding urban tourism. Global leaders, academics and experts in the field of hospitality will conduct panels discussing a wide range of subjects within the tourism industry in addition to a special panel focusing on technology in tourism including tourism-related ‘apps’.

Competition for Best Tourism “App”

Additionally, the summit will conduct a competition for the best tourism application, initiative or venture and invites innovators to submit their 'apps'. The first three winners will be given two free passes to the event, the chance to present their technologies in a panel dedicated to this purpose and the opportunity to meet and network with all the key players in the industry! Even more, all participants who submitted their innovation have a unique opportunity to present them during the JITS 2013 exhibition in a start up booth for a special price.

Application deadline is May 2nd. Further details are available at www.jits2013.com. The event will present Israel as a Start-Up Nation and Jerusalem as a Leader In Technology.

For registration and more information about the Jerusalem Innovative Tourism Summit, visit www.jits2013.com