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January 24, 2018 2:51 pm

Record Number of Chinese Tourists Visit Israel in 2017

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A record number of Chinese tourists — more than 113,000 — visited Israel in 2017, the Xinhua state news agency reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, China is the Jewish state’s fastest-growing source of visitors.

“Israel is likely to see 150,000 Chinese tourists in 2018, and that is an achievable target,” Bora Shnitman — the director of the Israeli government’s China Tourism Office — was quoted as saying.

Shnitman, the report noted, “attributed the surge in the number of Chinese tourists to more targeted promotion campaigns, streamlined visa applications as well as increasingly convenient transportation with more direct flights.”

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