With one hotel already having undergone a major refit to bring it to 5 star rating and up to 600 other hotel rooms to be built, the Haifa municpality is expecting a boom in visitors.
Last year over 920 conferences or congresses were held in the city putting the hotels under great pressure to accomodate everyone. This is certainly encouraging news but tourists to this beautiful city are still a small proportion of the total tourist trade. Of course, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have their attractions but it seems to me that few really know the splendour and beauty of Haifa. http://www.haifa.muni.il/Cultures/en-US . The beaches, the forests, the nature reserves, the bars and pubs and the cultural life offer something for everyone.
Whilst last year's war is fading in the memory of some, according to a business report by the local chamber of commerce http://www.haifachamber.com/HTMLs/article.aspx?C2004=12325&BSP=12226 it indicates that 41% of business owners say that the businesses have suffered as a result of the war whilst 49% say it has been unaffected and 4% actually say that business has improved.
Overall, things are looking up for the city with a record number of jobs on offer, up over 70% from last year. It really isn't a bad place to live!!