Tourists flock to Israel in record numbers

November 12, 2013 05:08


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According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 393,000 visitors entered Israel in October 2013, 0.5 percent more than in 2012, and higher than every October excluding 2010 (3% less). Of those, 339,000 were overnight tourists, 14% more than the same time last year, 4% more than October 2010 and an all-time record for the month.

Since the beginning of 2013 through October, more than 3 million visitors arrived in Israel, 1% less than the same period in 2012, 6% more than 2011 and 3% greater than 2010.

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said, “Tourists continue to vote with their feet. Unlike with many other tourism destinations, tourists come to Israel and find sun for most of the year. This, in addition to the cultural and historic variety on offer. The Tourism Ministry will continue to market Israel overseas with the goal of realizing the potential.”

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