Gay Israeli Tour Operator to Receive IGLTA Award

Author: , April 14th, 2012

Russell LordRussell Lord went on a summer trip in 1981 from his native New York to Europe and Israel–and never went back. He found a new life and new career–along with a life partner–and has grown into an award-winner as a marketing and tourism consultant for Kenes Tours, based in Tel Aviv, where he now lives.

“My career in tourism has given me the opportunity to meet great people, make wonderful friends, and to promote a country that I love, that I’ve made my home, and that has accepted me as one of them,” Russell said. “It’s been a great road and I hope for it to continue for a long time to come.”

Russell, 54, has been with his partner, Avi Ozeri, since 1982 and the two were married in 2005. He has worked in the tourism industry since 1983. “In 1983-1984 I decided to put my B.A. in accounting in the drawer and make a career out of something I love,” Russell said. “I enrolled in the Israeli ministry of tourism’s two-year course of study and started my career in incoming tourism. I learned the sites of the country. Although Israel is about the size of New Jersey, there is a lot to see, and I started putting programs together.

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