Members2018 Closes With Another Tourism Record

Last year, 4,120,800 tourists came to Israel, 14 percent more than the year before, which was also a record year, and 42 percent more than in 2016.

By Michael Selutin |
Photo: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Visitors brought about 22 billion shekels ($5.86 billion) into the Israeli economy.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin was pleased: “This was achieved through better marketing of Israel. The infrastructure was improved, new air routes to Israel opened up, and cooperation with large travel agencies intensified. Tourism is not only an important economic factor, but also important for the image of Israel.”

Most visitors came from the US (800,000), followed by France (320,000), Russia (303,000) and China (100,000). Sixty-one percent of tourists are Christians, 22 percent Jews.

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