Record breaking tourism in Israel
Data recently published by the Ministry of Tourism reveals that a record number of tourists visited Israel during the first half of 2017. According to the ministry, 26% more tourists entered the country than during the same period in 2016, which translates to a massive 1.74 million visitors. This has been the best half year in the tourism industry of the country ever with each month breaking incoming traveler records and with no sign of the trend slowing down.
Despite the fact that Israel is such a tiny nation and often suffers from negative headlines on global news, the flow of International visitors to the Holy Land continues to grow. In fact, April 2017 saw the highest number of visitors ever recorded entering the country for any month since the state was established in May 1948.
The highest number of international tourists coming into Israel in the first six months of the year were from the USA with an approximate 400,000, an increase of 20% over the same period in 2016. There was also a large boost of tourists from Russia with an increase of 31% over last year and Chinese visitors recording an enormous leap of 75%. The U.K. and France also showed increases.
Tourists from many other countries also visit Israel, especially Christian pilgrimage groups from around the world, including the African continent. Business groups interested in high tech, agriculture and many other special interest groups come in large numbers to the Holy Land.
This boost in tourism can be attributed to efforts made by the Ministry of Tourism who have instituted some ground breaking marketing campaigns. This resulted in a flurry of interest by foreign airlines that have announced services will begin from a number of European cities to Tel-Aviv as well as to the new Eilat Ovda airport scheduled to open later this year. This is in addition to a new Service by Air India and a Memorandum of Understanding between El Al and Quantas airlines. As a result tourism is expected to grow even further in the second half of 2017 and in 2018.
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