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


Israeli Tourism Hits New Record In March

May 12, 2010 at 9:24 am | Posted in Israel, Tourism | Leave a comment

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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