While Israeli businesses are laying off employees on a daily basis across most sectors amid the global crisis, the Tourism Ministry is calling jobseekers to find work in the hotel industry, offering 4,000 available positions. "2008 will be a record year for the tourism industry in Israel," said Tourism Minister Ruhama Avraham-Balila. "The continued growth in tourism numbers is also of economic importance. This year revenues from tourism grew significantly to NIS 25 billion, while at the same time thousands of new workers were hired in the industry." The ministry said the tourism industry could hire workers with different abilities and from all age groups. The ministry added that there was a shortage of 4,000 workers, mainly in the hotel industry, offering employment opportunities for workers in the periphery. In November, 260,000 tourists came to Israel, up 25 percent from the same month last year. Figures published by the Central Bureau of Statistics showed that 174,000 tourists entered Israel by plane in November - a 23% rise compared with a year ago. From the beginning of the year through November a record 2.8 million tourists visited Israel - up 35% from 2007 and a 10% increase over the same period in 2000, the previous record. In view of the continued growth in incoming tourism, the ministry is launching a training program for different tourism sectors. A number of courses will be launched including ones for women in tourism, sales and marketing in the North, enterprise courses for owners of Bed and Breakfasts in the Druse community, courses for tourist guides in the Russian and Chinese languages, and workshops for taxi drivers in Eilat.