Israel experiences best ever tourism year in 2017

Published on : Monday, January 8, 2018

IsraelTourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) appreciated Israel’s best-ever tourism year, and said to the ministers at Sunday’s cabinet meeting that “2017 was a historic turning point in Israeli tourism.”

To quote Levin, “More than 3.6 million tourists arrived in Israel during the year, an increase of about 700 thousand tourists compared to 2016. This is an all-time high, for we never before crossed the threshold of 3 million tourists.”

Levin said that new reforms adopted by the Tourism Ministry were behind the success, and added that the ministry “adopted an innovative marketing model,” and was “cooperating with the world’s largest tourism agencies”.

Levin added, “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 “tourism is putting money into the State of Israel, it’s like exporting- it’s becoming an important part of our economy.


Tourism provides jobs to different sectors the population, and I see it as important social and economic asset.”

Fifty-nine percent of the tourists who visited Israel this year came for the first time.


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