Published on : Friday, December 8, 2017
Jerusalem is in high part of its tourism business, but the violent protests are going on by the people of Palestine.
Jerusalem Tourism is booming with international tourists to see the old historic city as Jerusalem is dotted with many old churches and religious and historical sites.
The boom often spells bust as they confront long lines, traffic and a lack of parking. With Thursday’s clashes and threats of violent uprisings following Trump’s dramatic announcement to recognize the city as Israel’s capital, that all could change. Take the Western Wall, visited by more than 70% of all tourists visiting Jerusalem. The drop-off areas are blocked by buses parked in them, sometimes there are private vehicles that are not even allowed to wait there to begin with.
The Kotel or the western wall isn’t the only jam-packed destination. The wait on lines to ascend the Temple Mount or enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher can run from two and a half to four hours. In not a few cases, tour guides get into shouting matches or even fisticuffs defending their turf.
Israel is enjoying the increase of tourism this year thanks to the absence of security problems and the Open Skies agreement with the European Union, which has increased numbers of flights and reduced airfares. Some 3.6 million tourists are expected to arrive this year, up 24% from 2016, and nearly 80% of all visitors to Israel spend time in Jerusalem.
The city expects to record nearly 4.8 million overnight stays this year, which is a 35% increase of 2016 and by far the highest number ever, according to the Israel Hotels Association.
Some 980,000 of those will be domestic tourists and 3.8 million by foreign visitors, the latter a 45% increase.