Israeli tourism rises 10% compared to 2018

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Compared to the same period last year, the months of September-October saw an 11% increase.

Jerusalem Post By IDAN ZONSHINE

NOVEMBER 6, 2019 05:43


According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 447,100 tourist entries were recorded in October 2019, (the month when most of Jewish holidays fell in 2019) 7.9% less than October 2018 and 4.9% more than October 2017.

In the period of January – October 2019, 3.7 million tourist entries were recorded, compared to 3.4 million recorded in the same period last year, an increase of 10%.

In September, there was an increase of 44% in tourist entries on September 2018 (when most of the Jewish holidays fell in 2018). Therefore, in order to take into account, the period of the Jewish holidays, the two-month period should be calculated together.

In September-October 2019, 852,100 tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 767,200 in the same period last year, an increase of 11%.

Revenue from incoming tourism in October stood at $643 million (about NIS 2.3 billion) and, since the beginning of the year, at $5.371 billion (about NIS 19.3 billion).

According to the Israeli Tourism Ministry, there has been a 10% increase in tourist entries to Israel since the start of the year compared to the same period last year.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin issued a statement in response to the report, saying "October continues the upward trend in incoming tourism with impressive increases and monthly records broken. Despite all the challenges we are facing, we are continuing to market Israel around the world in line with our innovative and market-focused strategy, and we are seeing the results."

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