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.