Over 1.5 million people visit J'lem during Succot

October 16, 2006 16:47

More than 1.5 million tourists and travelers from Israel and abroad visited Jerusalem during Succot, a 30 percent rise from last year. According to a study conducted by the Tourism Authority of the Jerusalem Municipality, hundreds of thousands of tourists visited various sites throughout the city. Of the more popular sites, the study noted that over 750,000 people visited the Western Wall, and 8,000 people took advantage of a free tour of the Western Wall tunnel offered during the holiday, the maximum amount of people possible for one day. Other notable numbers includeed over 100,000 participants in the Jerusalem Parade (double from last year), 50,000 participants in the "Taste of Jerusalem Festival," and over 40,000 visitors to the Biblical Zoo. According the Chairman of the Hotel's Union, Paul Milwatski, hotels in Jerusalem were operating at 85%-90% capacity.

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