Travel and Leisure magazine has declared Jerusalem the number one city to visit in the Middle East and Africa for the summer and fall vacation seasons.
Cape Town, South Africa placed number two on the list of 10, and Tel Aviv came in third place.
The list was compiled based on a survey of readers who had recently visited the region. They ranked cities according to enjoyment of sights, culture and arts, dining, attitude of local residents, shopping and overall value.
From January to July of this year, Israel has seen a record number of tourists. Well over 1.5 million people have visited Israel during the first half of the year, and the numbers are only expected to grow as the biblical High Holy Days approach.