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Israel tourist arrivals continue to rise

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Tourist entries in January-July up 4% to 1.9 Million

Figures released last Thursday, covering the first half of 2011 show that 1.9 million tourists entered Israel in January-July 2011, a 4% increase on the corresponding months of 2010.

As 2010 was considered a record year in the number of tourist arrivals to Israel (3.45 Million), the figures for the first half of 2011 are promising.

The number of day-tourists in January-July fell 25% to 251,000, due to the slump in tourism to Egypt this year. This slump was partially balanced by 102,000 visits by cruise ship passengers, 42% more than in the corresponding months of last year.

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov attributed the stability in the tourism industry to “increased budgets and intensive marketing activities.”

An incoming tourism survey conducted by the Ministry for 2010 shows that high marks were given by tourists to the archeological sites, night life, personal security and accomodation.
The average stay was 11 nights, and the average spending per tourist was $1,100, a relatively low figure due to the high proportion of pilgrims. 68% of visitors were Christians and 43% of the tourists were repeat visitors.

 77% of the tourists visited Jerusalem, 56% visited Tel Aviv, 51% visited the Dead Sea, 35% visited Tiberias, and 33% visited Nazareth.

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