57,000 travelers were expected to pass through Ben Gurion Airport Thursday, a one-day record for the country's largest entry and exit terminal.
The record marked a new high in a standout year for Israel's tourism industry. 1.7 million tourists visited the country in the first seven months of 2008, an increase of 41% over the same period last year. 2.8 million visitors are expected by the end of the year.
"The Tourism Ministry is working to improve the image of the tourism industry's professionalism in order to attract new employees, minimize the turnover of personnel and increase the professionalism of the various sectors of the industry," said Tourism Minister Ruhama Avraham-Balili.