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Published on : Tuesday, November 14, 2017
There are more than 49,000 Indians have already visited Israel until October, 2017 marking a growth of 34 per cent from January to October vis-a-vis the same period last year, according to statistics released by Israel Ministry of Tourism.
Hassan Madah, director, Israel Ministry of Tourism India said this year 2017 is regarded as the best year of incoming tourist arrivals for Israel and India continue to be an important contributor for them.
Their 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 they are witnessing successful outcomes of our increased investments in the India market.
Israel Tourism Minister Yariv Levin recently welcomed the three millionth tourists Ioana Isac accompanied by her partner, Mihai Georgescu from Romania with a festive reception ceremony at the airport. Levin and Tourism Ministry director-general Amir Halevi then accompanied the couple to a limousine, as they set off for a holiday experience prepared by the Tourism Ministry of Israel.
The trip started off with a surprise by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who met the couple and took them through a private tour of the Old city of Jerusalem, starting with the Tower of David museum to the ancient fort that traces its foundations back to the Second Temple Period in the first century BC.
It is expected in 2017, to close as Israel’s record year for incoming tourism, Levin said that is a special day and an historic milestone as they break the three-million-tourist barrier and they 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 worked with several airlines to increase their flights and seat capacity into Israel.
In light of the significant increase in incoming tourism and the desire to lower the vacationing costs in Israel, several reforms are designed to increase supply in the tourism industry. This includes increased assistance for constructing new hotels in Israel and new opportunities for international entrepreneurs to build hotels in the country.