From J Post:
At a time when the entire country is suffering from a dearth of tourists from abroad, the tourism industry in Eilat is getting a shot in the arm from an unexpected source: a Russian beauty contest.
The Russian Crystal Crown Beauty Contest is due to take place tonight at the Princess Hotel in Eilat at what the hotel estimates is a cost of some $1 million. Over the last few days a staff of directors, producers, technicians, and television crews have arrived at the hotel, along with 25 finalists in the contest.
Princess Hotel manager Ziv Goldstein said that the Russian team reserved 120 rooms for six days. He said it was especially welcome because of the current lack of tourists in Eilat.