January tourism to Israel jumps by 11% compared to last year

"The rise in the number of tourists over several years is proof of the quality of the Israeli tourism industry," said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
February 5, 2019 10:18
January tourism to Israel jumps by 11% compared to last year

Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Center] with the 4 millionth tourist to arrive in Israel in 2018.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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The number of tourists who entered Israel in January of this year represented an 11% increase in relation to January 2018, and a 35% increase from January 2017, according to the Tourism Ministry.

A record four million tourists visited Israel last year.

In December, London-based company Euromoniter International reported that Jerusalem is the world's fastest-growing tourism destination.

"The rise in the number of tourists over several years is proof of the quality of the Israeli tourism industry," said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. "I hope and believe that 2019 will continue this unprecedented momentum in tourism that we have created in the past several years."

The majority of tourists to Israel are Christians [61%] followed by Jews [22%]. Most hail from the US, France, and Russia.

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