Ben Gurion Airport.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Israelis traveled abroad in record numbers in 2013, with 4.8 million departures,
a nine percent increase over the previous year, according to data the Central
Bureau of Statistics released on Wednesday.
Of those, 4.3 million were
air departures, while most of the remainder left by land – and a handful by
Over a quarter of the departures occurred in the summer months of
July and August.
The number of people departing in 2013 was 2.6 million
(about 1.6 million went abroad multiple times), up 8% from the previous
Whatever attractions and business dealings beckoned Israelis to
leave, Israel managed to attract fewer travelers to its own shores.
3.5 million travelers visited Israel in 2013, around the same number as the
Among those travelers who entered and left the country on
the same day, there were marked declines in visits from Russia, Poland and
Ukraine, the top three countries in the category.
Poland, in particular,
saw a 49.4% drop in the number of one-day visitors to Israel.
of the day visitors from those countries enter Israel through the Taba crossing,
meaning that the instability in Sinai is likely responsible for the drop.