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Israel Expecting Record Year for Incoming Tourism

November 16, 2010
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The financial benefit of this year’s tourism to Israel should be in the billions of dollars. The Tourism Ministry estimates that incoming tourism from January through August of 2010 contributed about US $2.3 billion to the economy, not counting travel taxes. That’s a 37% increase from the same period in 2009.

Furthermore, that estimate is not counting the two most recent months. 270,000 tourists came to Israel in September, and more than 400,000 tourists arrived in Israel during October, which set an all-time record for the month of October.

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said in the press release, “The October data, together with data since the beginning of this year and even beyond, reflects the revolution that the Tourism Ministry, the tourism industry, Israel’s tourism product and Israel’s image as a tourism destination is going through in Israel and around the world.”

According to the CBS data, 2.3 million of the tourists to Israel in 2010 have stayed at least one night in the country, an improvement over each of the last two years.  

Posted on November 16, 2010

Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, November 15, 2010)

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