Hotel occupancy down in October

By AVI KRAWITZ
November 24, 2005 06:42

October overnight stays reached 1.7 million, of which 1.1 million were Israelis and 531,000 were tourists.

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Israel's hotels saw a slight decline in occupancy in October despite a 32 percent rise in the number of overnight lodgings, the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Israel Hotels Association said Wednesday. CBS and IHA said that occupancy fell to 55% in October, from 57% last year, without giving reason for the drop. October overnight stays reached 1.7 million, of which 1.1 million were Israelis and 531,000 were tourists. Over the more comparable September/October period, in which the Jewish holiday season fell in both years, lodgings rose 16% this year over last to 3.3 million. The report said that 40% of tourist's bookings were in Jerusalem hotels in October, while Eilat proved to be the most popular destination for Israelis with about 50% of their bookings.



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