Just under 29,000 Australasian visitors to Israel in 2022

January 5, 2023 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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26,700 Australians visited Israel in 2022, with another 2,200 travellers from New Zealand.

Israeli children hold Israeli flags ahead of the country’s 73rd Independence Day, at a kindergarten in Moshav Yashresh, April 13, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

In total, 2,675,000 tourist entries were recorded.

In 2019 before COVID hit hard, 54,870 Australians and 6,800 New Zealanders visited Israel.

The skies in Israel were opened officially to incoming tourism in March 2022 and only three months later, in May, without any restrictions. Incoming tourism to Israel in 2022 is about 41% lower than 2019, a record year for incoming tourism. Revenue from incoming tourism stands at about NIS 13.5 billion (not including cost of flights) as opposed to about NIS 23 billion in 2019.

In December 2022, 266,200 tourist entries were recorded (compared with 20,500 in December 2021 and 358,300 in December 2019)  – a decrease of about 25% (only) in relation to December 2019.

Tourism Minister Haim Katz announced: “2022 was a year of recovery from the corona crisis. The trend is positive and breaking the incoming tourism record of 2019 is a realistic goal on the horizon.”

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