The Israel Hotel Association reported, Monday, that 971,000 incoming tourist lodging nights were recorded at the nation's hotels during the month of May, down one percent from 2011. The Shavuot holiday brought the number of Israeli lodging nights up 14 percent to 983,000.
Association president Ami Federman said that the decline in international visitors was noticed most in Jerusalem and Eilat, with stays at Tel Aviv hotels rising after months in which the rate of overnight stays was slowing down to record a record number of international stays for the month of May. The city's 86 percent occupancy rate led the country, just ahead of the Dead Sea's 85 percent. Between the total 1.95 Israeli and international lodging nights, a six percent increase was realized over 2011, with the national occupancy rate standing at 71 percent, up almost two percent from last year.