Israel is experiencing a summer full of tourism as approximately 322,800 tourist entries were recorded in July 2019, 10% more than July 2018 and 19% more than July 2017.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in the period between January and July 2019, 2,587,000 tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 2,356,000 in the same period last year, an increase of 9.8%.
Revenue from incoming tourism in July stood at NIS 1.6 billion and, since the beginning of the year, at NIS 13.6 billion (almost $400 million).
Significant increases on July 2018 in incoming tourism were recorded from Spain with a 33%, from Portugal with a 54% rise, from Italy with 34%, from Mexico with 30%, Brazil with 36%, and China with a staggering 78%.
Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin stated that the “summer begins with a hike in tourist arrivals to Israel. July was one of the best months for incoming tourism in recent years, part of the trend of increased tourist arrivals in recent months, 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.
Amir Halevi, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, noted that “the work of the ministry continues to prove itself in July-August, which are considered weaker months.”
“Israel has become a summer holiday destination as well, and we continue to prepare for further breaking records in the coming months,” he said.
Some 54 percent of tourists said that their views on Israel changed for the better after visiting the country, and 93 percent ranked their experience as good to excellent, according to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism’s 2018 Inbound Tourism Annual Report published in July.
More than half, 55 percent, of the tourists visiting Israel in 2018 were Christian, just over a quarter were Jewish, and approximately 2.4 percent were Muslims.
The best-maintained sites in Israel according to the survey were the Tel Aviv port, Masada and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
2018 was a record year for incoming tourism to Israel, with more than four million tourists.
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