Jerusalem tops for overseas visitors

Nearly 200,000 tourists spent a night in a Jerusalem hotel during the first month of 2006.

old city jerusalem 88 (photo credit:)
old city jerusalem 88
(photo credit: )
Jerusalem continued to attract the largest number of tourists of any Israeli destination in January, although Israelis preferred to vacation elsewhere in the country, according to statistics released by the city this week. Nearly 200,000 tourists spent a night in a Jerusalem hotel during the first month of 2006, up nearly 20 percent from the same month last year, and 5% more than during the first month of the record-breaking 2000 tourism year. Tel Aviv and Eilat come in second and third place respectively. Israelis preferred to vacation in Eilat and at the Dead Sea, with Jerusalem in a distant third place, according to the city's data.