Israel becoming more popular as a tourist destination

April stats show number of tourists jumped 61% in 2 years.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Ben Gurion International Airport
Ben Gurion International Airport

Israel's tourism industry continues to grow, with the number of tourists rising 61% in two years.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 408,400 tourist entries were recorded in April 2018, 17% more than April 2017, and 61% more than in April 2016.

The average number of visitors per day was 24,400, for a 27% increase since 2017.

Of the total number of tourist entries, 353,800 were via air, representing an increase of 13% when compared to April 2017 and an increase of 54% in comparison to April 2016. An additional 54,700 tourists arrived via Israel's land crossings, for a 17% increase since 2017 and a 91% increase since 2016.

Between January- April 2018, approximately 1.36 million tourist entries were recorded, representing a 25% increase when compared to the same period last year. Revenue from tourism in April reached approximately NIS 2.166 billion.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likid) said, “We end yet another month with a continuous increase in incoming tourism and we continue forward with this upward trend. This is the result of intensive marketing activities and we witnessed an example of this just a few days ago when we hosted the events in Israel surrounding the Giro d’Italia.”

“We ran a huge marketing blitz in the target countries and we estimate that, to date, over half a billion people around the world in different countries have been exposed to the ministry’s campaign within the context of the Giro.”