Jerusalem, Tel Aviv ranked top travel destinations

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Travel & Leisure magazine in its latest issue ranked Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as two of the top five cities to visit in Africa and the Middle East.

Every year, Travel & Leisure publishes a "World's Best Awards" for several categories, including hotels, cities and cruises.

In the "cities" categories, the winners are divided by region. In the Africa and Middle East region for 2011, the best travel destinations in order were Cape Town, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Cairo and Dubai.

Last year, the magazine ranked Jerusalem the number one destination in the region, while Tel Aviv was still at number three.

Israel has invested an enormous amount of money and effort into devleoping and promoting both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as travel destinations.

Tel Aviv typically appeals to a more secular class of traveler, primarily Europeans looking for a nice Mediterranean holiday. It has been labeled a "World Heritage Site" by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for being a prime example of innovative city planning reflecting the "Modern Movement" so popular at the turn of the last century.

Jerusalem, of course, is the holiest city on earth for Jews and most Christians, making it a natural pilgrimage destination. But Israel and the Jerusalem Municipality have also gone to great lengths to make sure pilgrims are greated by a city that also includes all modern amenities in addition to its ancient holy sites.

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