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The Central Bureau of Statistics reported Tuesday a 25 percent drop in foreign tourist arrivals this July over last, after violence broke out in the middle of the month, ending the tourism boom the country was enjoying.
Some 149,000 tourists arrived last month compared to 199,100 in July 2005, the CBS said. Some 129,200 came by air, 200 by sea and 19,600 crossed the border by land. Of the air travelers, 127,900 flew to Ben-Gurion Airport and 1,300 arrived directly in Eilat.
Given the strongest first half in five years, the CBS still reported a 13% rise in tourist arrivals from January to July with 1,212,500 tourists having arrived in the country so far. Before July, the figures consistently showed around a 25% rise over last year.