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Tourism Hits All-Time High

The Central Bureau of Statistics reported that there were 752,000 tourist entries during the first quarter of 2012, another all-time high.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/17/2012, 1:21 PM

Tourists in Israel
Tourists in Israel
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Monday that there were 752,000 tourist entries during the first quarter of 2012, another all-time high.

There were 2% more tourist entries during the first quarter than in the corresponding quarter of 2011, and 1% more than in the corresponding quarter of 2010, the previous all-time high.

One-day tourist entries rose 78% to 41,000 in March from 23,000 in March 2011.

The political situation in Egypt last year was apparently responsible for the drop in one-day tourist entries last year, but there has subsequently been an improvement and return to normalcy. This is also seen in the doubling of tourist entries across the Egyptian border in March, compared with March last year.