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May 29, 2013 5:57 pm

Jerusalem Will Bring in 10 Million Tourists Annually, Mayor Hopes

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A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Berthold Werner. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday unveiled his plan to bring 10 million tourists to Israel’s capital every year. The initiative will be an important part of Barkat’s plan to introduce 100,000 new jobs during his next term—if he is re-elected.

Eighty percent of tourists visiting Israel stop in Jerusalem. In 2012, some 3.1 million foreign tourists and 762,000 domestic tourists stayed at Jerusalem hotels (an 11 percent increase over the previous year).

Barkat, who took part in the 2013 Jerusalem Innovative Tourism Summit on Tuesday, remarked that up until several years ago, only 2 million tourists visited the city annually, whereas today the number has doubled to about 4 million.

“In recent years, we have allocated a lot of resources to the development of tourism in the city… I am pleased that we can show positive results, and the tourism in the city is displaying a consistent upward trend,” Barkat said.

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  • Chuck Lowenstein

    And if you think the traffic is bad now, what will it look like with 6 million more tourists per year.

  • jerry hersch

    Ten million may be optimistic -but a doubling is reasonable. Given a tranquil setting to present the Gem of Jerusalem.
    To facilitate that a second major airport should/would need to be created probably in the Be’er Sheva area (much of Teyman’s activities would have to be moved).
    Large enough to have an industrial zone and with enough space for cargo operations.Sited there it could handle production from the Hebron area and augment Hozman in Eilat and coordinate with Ovda and Hatzerim and the IAF.
    The logistics of moving large numbers of people through a small nation is an enormous job.Perhaps many of the Negev/Be’er Sheva facilities could be combined.
    Putting 85% of passengers through Ben Gurion does not make sense..nor does just one MAJOR airport.
    Beyond that are the hotel accomodations themselves.The terrain in the Jerusalem area can hide a lot-but everyone wants a view..Absolute control must be had over any placement..Growth has already ruined much of the visual pleasure.