A new record for tourism in Israel was set this month as 339,000 tourists entered into the country during October 2013, a 12 percent increase from last year’s numbers; 551,000 people visited Israel during September and October, an increase of 3 percent.
“Tourists continue to vote with their feet,” said Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau. “Unlike many other tourism destinations, tourists come to Israel and find sun for most of the year. In addition, Israel has a broad cultural and historic variety to offer. The Tourism Ministry will continue to market Israel overseas with the goal of realizing its potential.”
Since the beginning of 2013 through October, more than 3 million visitors arrived in Israel, 1 percent fewer than the same period in 2012, 6 percent more than 2011 and 3 percent more than 2010. These numbers include visitors who have come to visit Israel for only one day. Of these entries, 2.5 million were tourists, similar to the same period in 2012, 5 percent more than 2011 and 2010.
“After a period of tension in the region, tourism is back on the rise,” said Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi. “The quiet security situation and the marketing efforts are proving themselves. Israel is an amazing tourist product with the potential to be a tourism powerhouse.”