The Ministry of Tourism reported that almost two million tourists came to Israel in 2005, a 28% increase over 2004. The Ministry added that the increase in tourism led to the creation of 16,000 jobs and $800 million in revenue.
Minister of Tourism Abraham Hirshzon noted that the Ministry hopes to attract three million tourists per year by 2007.
In 2005 3.7 million Israelis - nearly half the population - left the country, a two percent increase over 2004. There was a slight decrease in the number of people who left for the Sinai owing to recent bombings there and warnings from security organizations.
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