This year’s 3,000,001st foreign tourist arrived in Israel on Monday afternoon and was met by Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov in a festive ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport.
The ceremony took place as the tourist disembarked from an El Al flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
With the arrival of tourist No. 3,000,001, the annual record for incoming tourism of 3 million visitors set in 2008 was broken.
This year is expected to end with a total of 3.4 million tourists, an increase of 700,000 tourists over 2009 and 400,000 more than in 2008. The Tourism Ministry’s target for 2011 is 4 million tourists and 5 million for 2015.