Tourism to Israel - Up!

Tourism to Israel continues to rise. In the first 11 months of this year, 1.358 million tourists entered the country - a 44% increase over the same period last year.

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Tourism this year is also 76% higher than during the first 11 months of 2002.

The number of tourists who entered by land is almost 150,000, which is practically double the amount of last year. Those who flew directly from abroad to Eilat numbered 36,500, over 50% more than in Jan.-Nov. 2003.

Tourism to Israel in the month of November this year was equal to that of November 2000, which was a record-breaking year for Israeli tourism.

Tourism Minister Gideon Ezra says that the goal for 2005 is to reach 1.7 million visitors – and that budgetary funding for his ministry had better be proportionate to this goal.

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