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Record Tourism Continues in Israel

9 April, 20149 April, 2014 0 comments Tourism Tourism

Tourism to Israel continued to increase to record levels as the number of tourists arriving in Israel in March 2014 hit a new all time high. In March 2014, 284,000 tourists arrived in Israel representing a 13% increase over the previous year. Since the beginning of January 2014, tourism to Israel has continued to climb.  In January-March 2014, 776,000 visitors arrived in Israel, 3% more than the same period in 2013. Of these apprxoimately 700,000 were tourist arrivals.


The high growth rate further highlights the shortage of hotel rooms in Israel, and particularly in high demand areas such as the Galilee and Jerusalem. There is concern that prices, which are already high, will continue to rise even more, and could impede or at least slow further growth.


Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau: "The year 2014 began with the momentum of a record-breaking year for incoming tourism in 2013. The Tourism Ministry is working intensively to constantly improve the quality of service, to promote tourism projects, to improve the tourism product and to market Israel widely and effectively throughout the world. I wish all our visitors, from Israel and overseas, a happy Passover and invite them to take advantage of the holiday and tour our beautiful country."


March 2014 Statistics

245,000 entries were by air, 12% more than March 2013, of which 10,200 arrived on direct flights to Eilat (1% more than March 2013) . 39,000 tourists came through the border crossings, 23% more than March 2013; 32,000 came through the border with Jordan (34% increase) and about 6,000 through Taba to Eilat (15%  more than last February). Day visitors and cruise visitors declined substantially over the previous year likelydue to tensions from other countries in the region.


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Elisa L. Moed is the Founder and CEO of Travelujah, the leading Christian travel network focused on Holy Land tours. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.


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