Published on : Monday, January 8, 2018
According to Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, there are more than 3.6 million tourists arrived in Israel during the year. It is an increase of about 700 thousand tourists compared to 2016. This is an all-time high, which they never before crossed the threshold of 3 million tourists.
Levin said that new reforms adopted by the Tourism Ministry were part of the reason behind the success, pointing out that the ministry “adopted an innovative marketing model,” and was “cooperating with the world’s largest tourism agencies”.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) said that the tourism revolution contributed a tremendous amount to the economy in 2017. For the first time, revenues from incoming tourism crossed the NIS 20 billion threshold, creating about 25,000 new jobs.
Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulated Levin, noting that the tourism is putting money into the State of Israel, it’s like exporting- it’s becoming an important part of the economy of Israel.
The tourism in Israel provides jobs to different sectors the population, and with that it is an important social and economic asset.
The largest number of tourists in Israel came from the U.S. – over 700,000 tourists, 21% more than in 2016. Russia was in second place with 307,000 tourists, a 26% increase. The increase in tourism from Russia is attributable to the growth in routes and flights from Russia to Israel, some of which are run by low-cost airlines, and the exclusion of Turkey from the Russian tourist map in recent years.