So what does it cost to convert Israel’s hotels to be kosher for Pesach? According to the Israel Hotel Association, the bill comes to $25 million. This includes acquisition of cleaning materials, kosher for Pesach food stocks, maintenance and cleaning staff, hiring chazzanim and people to run the Sedorim on the first night.
The hotel group says that preparations for Pesach add 40% to the year-round overhead. Shmuel Tzurel, CEO of the Hotels association said that hotel rates are always more expensive during Pesach than during the rest of the year in order to compensate the hotels for the huge financial outlay involved in converting the hotels to kosher for Pesach.
The Hotel Association is reporting occupancy for Pesach at around 80%.The Dan Hotel chain reports that their occupancy will be upwards of 85% during the chag.
Like Jews worldwide, Pesach is the most widely observed Yom Tov on the Jewish calendar. When it comes to Seder, most Israelis are Jewish no matter how secular. A Central Bureau of Statistics survey found that 88% of those who regard themselves as either traditional or secular take part in a Pesach Seder. 48% eat only kosher for Pesach foods during the week of the chag.