Israel's Tourism Ministry Introduces 'iSrael'

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's Tourism Ministry launched 'iSrael,' a new iPhone application, to help visitors with iPhones access information on tourist sites, accommodations and events taking place during their visit.

The three main categories - sites, tracks and accommodations - can be operated from the user's location, which uses GPS to locate the phone and then provides information from there.

The other option is by region, which provides a wide variety of information on locations throughout the country.

Tourists can access data on areas that interest them, such as holy sites, national parks, historical sites, and archaeological sites, among others.

The application provides such information as address and map of the area, a description and photo of the site, hours of operation, etc.

There's information on hiking and bicycle tours, bus and jeep tours and tours that include maps and places of interest along the way.

For hotels and other overnight accommodations, the program provides contact information, kashrut status (kosher food), and accommodations for children and even for pets.

The Tourism Ministry plans to expand the information and make the program adaptable for other devices.

Users will also be able to upload in real time to Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on the iSrael application, visit the Tourism Ministry website.

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The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.

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