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October 16, 2012 2:25 pm

September Sees Record Number of Tourists in Israel

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North Beach in Eilat, Israel. Photo: wiki commons.

A record 306,000 tourists and visitors entered Israel in September, an all-time high for the month, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics report issued Monday. The report said 8 percent more visitors had come to Israel in September than in the same month last year, and 13 percent more than in September 2010.

The bureau recorded 70,000 one-day visits, a 28-percent increase from last year, of which 33,000 were cruise-ship vacationers visiting for the day. Ben-Gurion International Airport noted a 6 percent increase in travelers in September as well, with 1,225,837 travelers passing through the airport last month. The Israeli Airports Authority said there had been a 1.7 percent increase in departures and arrivals compared with September 2011.

The most popular destinations for travelers leaving from Ben-Gurion Airport last month were the U.S., Greece, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey, France, Britain and Spain. The airport that received the most traffic from Ben-Gurion was Kiev’s, likely due to the annual pilgrimage of ultra-Orthodox Jews to visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov during the High Holy Days. Since January, the Central Bureau of Statistics has recorded 2.6 million visitors to Israel, 7 percent more than the same time period last year, setting another record.

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  • Great news !

    Tourism is a highly discretionary consumer choice and the global marketplace is quite competitive. Glossy travel brochures are a dime a dozen. People are attracted to places of safety, dynamism, prosperity and community. The Holy Land has beautiful weather, great food, amazing historical sites, a spicy mix of cultures, beautiful geography, and a reasonably open and free political system. It is also in a strategically pivotal position nestled in between Asia, Africa and Europe. The spiritual significance of the land is also well known. Now the interesting thing is that if the correct moves are made at the right time and in the right order, more prosperity will unfold and more good people will be attracted to the region.

  • Eric R.

    I also bet people are choosing Israel – namely Eilat, because Taba and Sharm-El-Sheikh are not such nice destinations now that the radical Islamists are in power in Egypt.