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Jerusalem: Tourism, culture and sports

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Friday, June 1st, 2012

Jerusalem was selected as one of the top 25 most sought after destinations in 2011 in a survey held by the prestigious and popular website “Tripadvisor”.

Communicated by the Municipality of Jerusalem


In 2011 the number of night stays in Jerusalem hotels amounted to 3,854,500 nights, 18% of all night stays in Israel.

80% of the tourists who visited in Israel in 2011 visited Jerusalem.

The most visited sites were the Wailing Wall (visited by 60% of all tourists), the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem (55%), the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem (48%) and the Mount of Olives (46%).

Jerusalem was selected as one of the top 25 most sought after destinations in 2011 in a survey held by the prestigious and popular website “Tripadvisor”; Jerusalem reached the position of number 13 out of 337 tourist destinations worldwide.

Hotel revenues from tourism in 2011 amounted to NIS 1,567,497 billion.

A massive summer campaign by the name “Spend Two Days in Jerusalem” resulted in an increase of 30% in the number of Israeli visitors in the city during the summer.

So far, in 2012 an increase of 44% has been recorded in internal tourism.

The Jerusalem Municipality created a special program to facilitate and promote hotel construction, including close supervision by developers, removal of bureaucratic obstacles, distribution of grants, and decreasing municipal taxes for the purpose of encouraging developers to build additional hotel rooms in Jerusalem.

Of the new hotels that are already designed, two belong to luxury chains: the Waldorf Astoria, constructed with an investment of 150 million dollars and containing 230 rooms, and a Four Seasons hotel containing 200 rooms

Culture and Sports:

In the last three years there has been a cultural and sports revolution in Jerusalem. Culture budgets were doubled and the number of cultural events and festivals in the city has been tripled. Jerusalem has returned to center stage, attracting the major sports, cultural events and major international events in the country. Jerusalem has become the nationwide leader with the new sports and cultural complexes set up by the Municipality which are intended to host numerous and diverse events. These shows will be delivered by internationally acclaimed performers, and include the Maccabiah and a variety of other leading film, theatre and art schools in the country.

The second international Jerusalem Marathon was held this year, attended by 15,000 runners including 1,500 runners from 50 different countries worldwide. The marathon received positive feedback in Israel and worldwide and significantly contributed to the city’s economy and its branding worldwide

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