Ministry: Tourism soars in February

The Tourism Ministry reported over the weekend that tourism figures were up by 18 percent in February compared to the same month last year. Some 135,400 tourists entered the country last month, it said. About 41,500 came from the United States, 31% more than in February, 2005. Tourism Minister Avraham Hirchson called the figures encouraging, saying he hoped the ministry's goal of three million tourists to Israel would be reached in 2006.