The Central Bureau of Statistics reported, Monday, that 391,000 visitors arrived in Israel in October, an increase of 13% on last year. Of these, 298,000 were tourists, 11% more than last year. From the beginning of the year until the end of October, a new record of three million visitor arrivals was registered, 8% more than the same period last year.
According to the Statistics Department and information from the Tourism Ministry, tourism traffic into Israel in 2012 is expected to reach record highs. Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said, in a statement, "We are reaping the fruits of the Tourism Ministry’s focused marketing efforts overseas. Against the background of a slow-down in tourism traffic around the world and the ongoing economic crisis, the achievement of continuous growth in the number of tourists coming in to Israel since the beginning of 2012 is particularly noteworthy. With the completion of the reforms in tourism based on the report submitted by the Bar Nir Committee, we can reach our target of 5 million tourists by the year 2015.”