Israel’s visitors’ numbers continue to climb

November 6, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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447,100 tourist entries into Israel were recorded in October 2019 (when most of the Jewish holidays fell), 7.9% less than October 2018 and 4.9% more than October 2017.

Yariv Levin

In September, there was an increase of 44% in tourist entries on September 2018 (when most of the Jewish holidays fell in 2018). In taking into account the Jewish holidays, the two month period should be calculated together.  In September-October 2019, 852,100 tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 767,200 in the same period last year, an increase of 11%.  In the period January – October 2019, 3.7 million tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 3.4 million in the same period last year, an increase of 10%. Revenue from incoming tourism in October stood at $643 million (about NIS 2.3 billion) and, since the beginning of the year, at $5.371 billion (about NIS 19.3 billion).

  • 384,000 tourist entries were by air, 10% less than October 2018 and 2.7% more than October 2017
  • 63,100 tourists arrived via the land crossings, 6.2% more than October 2018 and 20% more than October 2017
  • 37,900 day visitors arrived in October 2019, as opposed to 31,000 in October 2018 and 37,500 in October 2017.

The Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin said: “October continues the upward trend in incoming tourism with impressive increases and monthly records broken.  Despite all the challenges we are facing, we are continuing to market Israel around the world in line with our innovative and market-focused strategy, and we are seeing the results. We continue to develop new markets while working to maintain traditional markets where Israel is already seen as an attractive tourism destination. Tourism makes a huge contribution both in terms of the economy and in terms of Israel’s image around the world and I am proud of that.”

Director-General of the Ministry of Tourism, Amir Halevi added: “Israel has become a legitimate and leading tourism destination and the statistics prove this time and time again. Successful campaigns and working with the most advanced digital marketing tools, even at this time, have allowed us to continue breaking records for two years in a row. The next big challenge is to expand the accommodation options and improve the tourist experience so that we can welcome more and more tourists here.”

Figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

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