Thumbs up to BBC Capital’s report on Tel Aviv

A recent BBC article about Israel garnered some rather surprised reactions on Facebook.

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Tiffanie Wen’s September 3rd article about Tel Aviv appearing on BBC Capital not only informs readers about the vibrant business and technology scenes in Israel but also gives a glimpse of the cultural and social life.BBC Capital TA

“The Mediterranean coastal city is hot right now, and not just for its nearly year-round summer temperatures, which can reach 40 degrees Celsius. In the last few years, Tel Aviv has been ranked the best smart city by the Smart City Expo World Congress, one of the best beach cities in the world by National Geographic, the best gay travel destination by gaycities.com and an outstanding culinary destination by Saveur Magazine. […]

The “city that never stops” is now the 6th fastest-growing destination city in the Middle East and Africa, with visitors estimated to spend $1.5bn in 2015 according to the 2015 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. […]

Israeli tech companies boasted a record year in 2014, with 18 IPOs worth $9.8bn and 52 mergers and acquisitions worth $5bn, according to a report by PcW Israel. Israel is the second most important start-up ecosystem outside of the US, according to the annual Startup Ecosystem Index, published by Compass Inc, formerly Startup Genome, which sells benchmarking and reporting software.”

Moreover, Wen proves herself to be one of a rare breed: a journalist who can accurately locate Israel’s capital city.

“While Jerusalem is Israel’s holiest city and capital, Tel Aviv is its defacto economic capital.”

Given the BBC’s record on the topic, that in itself is worthy of a big thumbs up.