Policy and Law in Israel: the case of the Tourism Services Act 1976-2002

Assaf Meydani, Natan Uriely

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This paper reveals significant changes in the extent of governmental supervision over tourism in Israel by focusing on the formation of the tourism services law in Israel during the period of 1976-2002. Specifically, the analysis suggests that the changes in the governmental service policy are congruent with a neo-liberal economic agenda of privatisation that serves the interests of hotel owners more than those of travel agents and guides. This process is analysed by stressing the significant impact of civil servant in the Treasury Ministry in light of the politicians’ inability to govern as well as the relatively lack of involvement among civilians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-216
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Israel
  • neo-liberalism
  • tourism legislative policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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