More than 183,000 tourists visited Israel in September, a leap of 86 percent over the same month the previous year, when visits to the country suffered a drastic drop following the summer war with Hizbullah. The total for September 2007 was up 15% over the same month in 2005, when 159,300 tourists entered the country.
The newly released statistics confirm Israel's return - after seven years - to the kind of numbers the country enjoyed before the second intifada. More tourists arrived in Israel in the last two months than in any August/September period since 2000.
Through September, some 1,638,900 tourists have arrived in Israel, keeping the country on pace for a total of 2.3 million by the end of the year. Israel recorded more tourist visits in 2000 than in any other year, logging 2.41 million visits.
The Tourism Ministry expects 2.8 million tourists to visit the country next year.