Published on : Thursday, November 16, 2017
Israel, for the second time in a row has broken its tourism record in India along with reaching a whopping three million tourists arrivals this year. More than 49,000 Indians have already visited Israel until October this year, marking a 34 per cent growth from January to October compared to the same period last year.
Speaking about this positive growth, Hassan Madah – Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism India said, “This has been the best year of incoming tourist arrivals for Israel and India continues to be an important contributor for us. Our effort towards promoting Israel as a dynamic holiday destination as opposed to its otherwise restricted perception as a religious destination is yielding positive results and we are witnessing successful outcomes of our increased investments in the Indian market.”
He added, “Tourism is an important contributor to the Israeli economy and since the beginning of the year, tourism has brought in $4.1 billion into the economy. In 2016, 45,000 Indians visited Israel and we have surpassed that number by October itself this year. We hope to have 60,000 Indian arrivals to Israel by end of 2017.”
Israel Tourism Minister Yariv Levin recently welcomed the three millionth tourist Ioana Isac and her partner, Mihai Georgescu from Romania with a festive reception ceremony at the airport.
2017 is expected to be a record year for incoming tourism for Israel, Levin said, “This is a special day and an historic milestone as we break the 3-million-tourist barrier and we are set to end the year with an amazing achievement, the likes of which have never been reached since the establishment of the State. The huge investment that we are making in marketing Israel around the world and our collaborations with airlines and tour operators is bearing fruit.”
The Ministry of Tourism is working with several airlines to increase their flights and seat capacity into Israel.
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