Leonardo for Israel?

February 18, 2016 by Lydia Weitzman
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Israel’s Tourism Ministry is cooperating with an American events company offering “gift bags” to Oscar nominees in the acting and directing categories at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony to take place at the end of this month. Included in the gift bag, a 10-day VIP trip to Israel for two.

Gift voucher  Photo: Motty Landau & Mushky Ginsburg

Gift voucher Photo: Motty Landau & Mushky Ginsburg

The gift bags offered to the nominees are one of Hollywood’s best-known attractions  during the award ceremony season. Among the typical “goodies” are luxury watches and jewelry, luxury car rentals, pampering beauty treatments and more. And among the goodies this year, a particularly pampering treat – a VIP vacation in Israel!

The nominees will be able to travel to Israel during 2016 at a time of their choice, traveling first class (tickets for two) and staying in the top 5 star hotels.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said: “These are the most senior people in the film industry in Hollywood and leading opinion-formers who we are interested in hosting here in Israel so that they will experience the country first hand and not through the media. If they do indeed accept the invitation, their visit will have enormous resonance among millions of fans and followers, including social media. The very fact that they are considering visiting Israel places the option in the public discourse in the social and professional circles in which the stars move.”

Among the nominees who could be touring in Tel Aviv or walking through the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem – Leonardo diCaprio, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lawrence, Sylvester Stallone, Christian Bale and Kate Winslett.


One Response to “Leonardo for Israel?”
  1. Erica Edelman says:

    Fabulous idea! Don’t forget to take them to the least savory areas to witness what goes on there. And don’t forget the history lesson before they go. There are no shades of the truth when it comes to Israel.

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