Haifa is the cleanest tourism city in Israel, while Jerusalem and Tiberias are the dirtiest, a survey recently conducted by the Israel Tour Guides Association (ITGA) revealed.
The survey aimed at determining the level of preparedness of eight Israeli cities for the wave of tourists expected in the summer months. The survey focused on Eilat, Tel Aviv, Safed, Akko, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tiberias and Haifa.
Over 100 tour guides from across Israel were interviewed for the survey, during which they ranked the cities according to their level of cleanliness. Haifa came in first, followed by Eilat and Tel Aviv.
Tiberias was ranked the dirtiest city in the country, followed by Nazareth and Jerusalem.
ITGA Chairman Yaakov Miterani said that one of the saddest facts reflected in the poll was the disgraceful level of cleanliness in the capital. "It's painful to admit, but it is Jerusalem, the most touristic city in Israel and our window to the world, that has received the largest number of complaints from tourist groups regarding dirt and neglect.
"The mission of bringing tourists to Israel is just the first part of tourism in the country. Once the tourists get here, the mayors of the central tourist cities are obligated to keep the sites under their care clean," he added.