The Israel Hotel Association reported on Tuesday that 724,000 lodging nights by tourists were reported in July, up a percent over the same month last year. A rise in visits to most Mediterranean, Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and Dead Sea destinations came at the slight expense of lodgings in Jerusalem, Eilat, Haifa and a 37-percent decline in Nazareth. Domestic bookings were twice as big, Eilat alone playing host to 754,000 Israelis. Most other destinations recorded increases while Nazareth and Herzliya recorded relatively small losses.
Overall, more than 2.2 million lodging nights were recorded, a four-percent increase from 2010. It represented a 70-percent occupancy rate. Association president Ami Federman called the numbers an achievement, given the geopolitical situation in the Middle East. He added that August and the upcoming months faced uncertainty over the situation in the immediate area. He said the five-percent increase in domestic bookings was encouraging.