The Ministry of Tourism on Sunday released its annual report showing that a record number of tourists visited Israel in 2012, Channel 10 reported.

According to the report, 3.5 million people visited Israel during the calendar year, an increase of 4% over 2011, and spent an estimated NIS 36 billion dollars.

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Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said the data "reflect the achievements of the professional and hard work of the last three years."