Jerusalem 'Best City in ME'

Jerusalem has been named the best city in the region of Africa and the Middle East by New York-based 'Travel and Leisure' magazine.

Malkah Fleisher , | updated: 10:29 PM

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Jerusalem has been named the best city in the region of Africa and the Middle East by New York-based Travel and Leisure magazine.

Cape Town, South Africa came in second, with Tel Aviv ranking third.  

The results were based on a questionnaire answered by readers, who ranked cities based on their enjoyment of sights, culture and arts, dining and food, local people, shopping and value. 

Jerusalem and Tel Aviv did not place in this year's rankings of the world's top 10 cities.  The last time Jerusalem made the list for top city in the region was in 2000.

Tourism has been record-breaking in Israel in 2010, with some 1.6 million people visiting between January and July, according to figures released by the Ministry of Tourism on Monday.  That number is 39 percent more than during the same period in 2009, and 10% more than in 2008, the year with the highest recorded number of tourists.

Ministry of Tourism estimates show that income from tourists – not including flights in and out of the country – was measured at approximately $1.55 billion in the first half of 2010.  The most visitors are currently from the United States, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom.


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