Tourism in Israel back to normal

August 10, 2015 Agencies
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One year after Operation Protective Edge, tourism in Israel is showing signs of recovery with the number of tourist entries in the period Jan-July this year returning to the level of 2013.

shareisraelIn July 2015, 245,000 tourists entered Israel, 26% more than July 2014 in which Operation Protective Edge began and brought about a serious drop in incoming tourism.

During the period Jan-July 2015, 1.65 million tourists entered Israel, 13% less than the same period in 2014 and 1.6% less than 2013.

The numbers of tourist entries this year points to a return to the 2013 statistics, pre-Operation Protective Edge.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, incoming tourism statistics for the month of July reflect an increase in relation to July 2014, as a result of the significant downturn that affected the tourism industry  from that month, with the onset of Operation Protective Edge.

222,000 tourist entries in July 2015 were by air, 26% up on July 2014, and the same as July 2013. 24,000 tourists came through the border crossings, with 19,000 coming through the border with Jordan and 5,000 from Egypt – 20% less than July 2014.  There was an increase of 41% in day visitors (34,000 as opposed to 24,000 in July 2014).

January-July 2015 (chart 1)

Incoming tourism statistics for the period Jan-July 2015 show moderation in the scope of the decline in tourism as opposed to the same period last year, due to the significant drop in incoming tourism during the military operation that began in July 2014.

During this period, 1.65 million tourist entries were by air, 13% less than the same period in 2014 (1.88 million)  and only 2% less than the same period in 2013. 166,000 day visitors entered Israel, 54% less than the same period in 2014 and 20% less than on 2013.

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