Tourism in Israel over the summer has increased by 9% compared to August 2018, and showed a 20% increase over August 2017, a report by the Tourism Ministry released on Tuesday showed.
Revenue from incoming tourism reached $437 million in August, an increase of 10% over the previous year.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 304,600 tourist entries were recorded in August 2019.
Since the beginning of the year, 2.892 million tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 2.634 million in the same period last year, an increase of 10%. 2019 is therefore expected to break records, as 2018 was a record year for Israeli tourism, with 4.4 million tourist entries.
The largest number of tourist arrived from the US with 63,100 visitors, followed by France with 42,200, Italy with 21,400, and the UK with 21,000.
Significant increases in August 2019 in incoming tourism were recorded from Portugal (53%), Lithuania (33%), Italy (34%), Mexico (38%), Brazil (42%), and Venezuela (78%).
Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin stated that “August continues the trend of month after record-breaking month for incoming tourism. Tourists from all over the world are choosing Israel over and over again as a vacation and leisure destination.”
“Thanks to the innovative marketing efforts of the Israel Ministry of Tourism, I have no doubt that this momentum will continue into the coming months,” he added.