Tourism to Israel Hits Record High in First Half of 2010

August 11, 2010 at 9:25 am | Posted in Israel, Tourism | Leave a comment
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A record 1.6 million tourists visited Israel in the first half of 2010, up 39% compared with the first half of 2009 and up 10% compared with the first half of 2008 – the previous record. Like previous months, tourism in June also set a new record with 259,000 tourists visiting, up 24% from 2009 and 8% from June 2008.

The New York-based Travel and Leisure magazine named Jerusalem as the best city in Africa and the Middle East. Readers of the magazine were asked to respond to a questionnaire which ranked cities according to sights, culture and arts, restaurants and food, people, shopping and value. This was the first time that the city received such a ranking since 2000. Cape Town was ranked in second place and Tel Aviv in third place.

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism

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Israeli Tourism Hits New Record In March

May 12, 2010 at 9:24 am | Posted in Israel, Tourism | Leave a comment
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Incoming tourism to Israel enjoyed a new March record in 2010. The Ministry of Tourism reported that 313,000 tourists visited Israel in March, 9% higher than the previous record set in March 2000, when a special millennial tourist campaign led to record numbers of visitors. The number of tourists was 56% higher than in March 2009, and 17% above the March 2008 figure.

During the first three months of 2010, 747,000 tourists visited Israel, a rise of 54% compared with the corresponding period last year, and 15% above the same period in 2008.

Every Additional 10,000 tourists creates 4,000 new jobs and generates income of NIS 450 Million ($121 Million).

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