The Tourism Ministry estimates that 2013 will close with slight increase of
visitor entries from the record year of 2012. This is despite the fact that
incoming tourism had to deal with issues related to the security situation and
the government budget.
As a result of the marketing efforts and the
development of new markets alongside maintaining existing markets, the annual
contribution of tens of billions of shekels made by tourism to the economy has
been maintained, the ministry said Tuesday.
According to the Central
Bureau of Statistics, 306,000 visitors entered Israel in November 2013, 10
percent more than November 2012 and slightly less than the months of November
2010 and 2011. Of these visitor entries, 256,000 were tourists (staying more
than one night), 15% more than November 2012 and 3% and 5% more than November
2010 and 2011, respectively, which was an all-time record for the
November also saw a reduction of 41% in the number of day visitors
from Sinai into Israel from last year (because of the instability in Egypt), a
continuation of the improvement from August-October 2013.
entries were by air, 19% more than November 2012, of which 8,000 arrived on
direct flights to Eilat (6% less than November 2012). Some 36,000 came through
the border crossings, 7% less than November 2012; 27,000 came through the border
with Jordan (1% increase), and about 9,200 came through Taba to Eilat (23% less
than last November).
In response to the Tourism Ministry figures, Alex
Herman, vice president of marketing and sales at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel,
said: “Here at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel we defiantly felt a swell in numbers
throughout November compared to previous years. The same can be said about the
upcoming holiday season, which is traditionally a peak season for Jerusalem
tourism. This year we are experiencing higher demands and less last-minute
cancellations as we anticipate an even more successful holiday period.”
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