Akiva Govrin (Hebrew: עקיבא גוברין‎; 12 August 1902 – 26 June 1980) was an Israeli politician who served as a government minister between December 1963 and January 1966, and was the country's first Minister of Tourism.

Akiva Govrin
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Date of birth(1902-08-12)12 August 1902
Place of birthPodolia, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah1922
Date of death26 June 1980(1980-06-26) (aged 77)
Knessets1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1965Mapai
1965–1968Alignment
1968–1969Labor Party
1969Alignment
Ministerial roles
1963–1964Minister without Portfolio
1964–1966Minister of Tourism

BiographyEdit

Born in the Podolia region of the Russian Empire (today in Ukraine), Govrin was one of the founders of the HeHalutz movement in Ukraine. He made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1922, and worked at Haifa Port and as a construction worker in Jerusalem, where he was one of the founders of the Jerusalem Workers' Council.

In 1925 he became a member of the actions committee of the Histadrut, and headed its unions department between 1943 and 1949. In 1949 he was elected to the Knesset on Mapai's list and was appointed chairman of the Labor committee. He was re-elected in 1951, 1955, 1959 and 1961. On 1 December 1963 he was appointed Minister without Portfolio, and when Levi Eshkol formed a new government in December 1964, Govrin became the country's first Minister of Tourism.

Although he retained his seat in the 1965 elections, he was left out of the new cabinet. He lost his seat in the 1969 elections.

His niece Michal Govrin is an accomplished novelist and theater director.

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