A record number of tourists arrived in Israel in April of this year, beating April 2010's previous all-time high, the Tourism Ministry announced on Wednesday.
About 354,000 visitors arrived in the Jewish state this past April, the month in which the Passover holiday is usually held, up 19 percent from April 2011, and 12% from 2010's previous record. Incoming tourists - defined by the ministry as those who remain in Israel more than one night - also set a record high at 296,000 people in April, 13% more than the same period last year.
The report also said that increasing "political stability" in Egypt brought a significant increase in arrivals through Taba, with some 42,600 tourists crossing into Israel overland from the Sinai crossing. This represented a 30% increase compared to last year.
"The consistent increase in the numbers of visitors entering Israel positions the country as an attractive tourism destination of the first order," Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said. "[It] makes a contribution to the national economy and increases employment market in the center and the periphery.”