Frequently Asked Questions


Do you have questions about the ASTA Destination Expo? See below for a few frequently asked questions by our attendees.

What is ASTA Destination Expo?
ASTA Destination Expo is an international destination event taking place annually in a different location every year. The event is dedicated to training of outbound U.S. travel advisor to become destination specialists in select countries.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Receive first-hand destination training from local experts.
  • Connect face-to-face with leading travel suppliers.
  • Visit and experience the destination at an affordable price before recommending to your clients.
  • Take advantage of exclusive opportunities for Pre- and Post- Educational Journeys.


When/Where is ASTA Destination Expo 2019 taking place?

Destination:  Israel
Dates: November 10-14, 2019
Details: Our home base for the event will be in the thriving, beautiful city of Tel Aviv which will include hotels, our tradeshow and education sessions. During our event, we will arranging sightseeing tours to the historic city of Jerusalem, allowing travel advisors to learn the skills to craft the perfect vacation for your clients.

Why Israel?
Israel is small in size - about the size of the state of New Jersey - but rich in history, food and culture. About 80% of all tourists to Israel visit Jerusalem and five of the top tourist sites in Israel are in Jerusalem. Tourism from North America alone has increased over the last two years from 600,000 to over a million. The Ministry of Tourism is continuing to grow that number by investing almost $7.96m in digital marketing campaigns and $15.92m in television and transportation campaigns. With Israel continuing to see record-breaking growth and investing in marketing it's likely your clients are going to be interested in wanting to visit, so if you aren't selling Israel to your clients...someone else will.

Is Israel safe to visit?

Israel is VERY safe to visit! While portrayed differently in the news, harm is very unlikely to come to you in Israel – terrorism or otherwise. Violent crime is quite low and security is quite high. Media can at times paint a dramatic picture of the news. Israeli security is actually the best in the world. Many countries have employed Israeli techniques not only at their airports but also throughout their tourist infrastructure in light of security challenges across the world. Security is present - but not overbearing - at every major site, as well as at every hotel. Many participants say that they have never felt safer than when they traveled in Israel. According to the State Department, Israel's travel advisory is at a Level 2 which is the same as England and many parts of Europe.

Event Accommodations
Attendees will be staying at either the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv or the InterContinental David Tel Aviv.

Expo Event Venue
The host hotel and event venue for ASTA Destination Expo 2019 is the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Hotel

Address: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv 10 Kaufman St. Tel Aviv, 68012 +972-3-5190190

Trade Show & B2B Appointments
The trade show and B2B appointments will take place at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv.
 - Trade show - Monday, November 11th from 2:00PM – 5:30PM.
 - B2B Appointments - Tuesday, November 12th from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.

Transportation During the Expo
Transportation will be provided to/from all ASTA Destination Expo functions. The departure point is from the Dan Panorama Lobby.

Event Dinners
We have pre-scheduled dinners on the following days and times.
 - Sunday, November 10th - Opening Welcome Event at Mini Israel Park // Time: 7:00PM – 10:00PM
 -  Monday, November 11th - Hazaken Vehayam Restaurant // Time: 7:30PM
 - Tuesday, November 12th- Yad Harutzio Restaurant // Time: 7:30PM 
 - Wednesday, November 13th - Kedma Restaurant in Jerusalem after your all-day sightseeing tour // Time: 8:30PM   

What currency is used and the exchange rate?
1 USD = 3.51ILS New Shekel (this can change daily)

What is the native language spoken?
The official language of Israel is Hebrew. Will US attendees need to bring voltage and/or electrical outlet converters to use in the rooms? It is recommended that attendees bring an adapter or converter.

Do I have to tip in Israel?
Tipping in Israel is discretionary but expected, similar to most of the Western world. Waiters and bartenders are generally paid a low salary, with the majority of their earnings coming from tips. Tipping taxi drivers, on the other hand, is not usually expected. When joining an organized tour, it is polite and encouraged to tip both your driver and your guide. Depending on the service that is given, the length of the tour, and the number of days spent with the guide, the amount can range. On average, $3-$5 is the minimum to offer the guide, but if they have given outstanding service, tipping more generously is encouraged. If visiting a spa while in Israel, it is recommended to tip as well. In general, about 20 shekels is customary; however, if the spa services are more expensive, then tip accordingly. Tipping other services in Israel, such as porters or delivery drivers, is expected, but how much to tip is less formulaic than with waiters and bartenders. In general, if a person is providing a service and they go above and beyond, a tip is always welcome.

What is the weather like in Tel Aviv during November?
With Tel Aviv is usually much warmer than Jerusalem. Temperatures for November average with a high of 74* and a low of 58* degrees.

What is the weather like in Jerusalem during November?
Temperatures for November average with a high of 67* and a low of 55* degrees.

What is the dress code?
The dress code for events taking place during the day at ASTA Destination Expo 2019 is business casual with comfortable shoes. All sightseeing activities are casual dress with comfortable walking shoes.

Are room upgrades at the host hotel available?
ASTA’s room block has been pre-set with our host hotel. If interested in room upgrades, you may ask the hotel directly upon check-in.

How do I register a colleague or guest?
It is easy. To register a colleague use the 'Register Someone Else' button. When you use this button and you need to cancel your registration, your colleague's registration will remain. To register a guest, click the 'Add a guest' link. If you need to cancel your registration, your guest's registration will also be cancelled.

Colleague and Guest Registration

Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please email meetings@asta.org for any event related questions.