Published on : Friday, December 29, 2017
The Ministry of Tourism believes that incoming tourism contributed 20 billion shekels to the Israeli economy.
The US contributed the maximum tourists to Israel – over 700,000 tourists, 21% more than in 2016. Russia was in second place with 307,000 tourists, a 26% increase.
France was third with 284,000 tourists, 8% more than in 2016, followed by Germany in fourth place with 202,000 tourists, a 34% rise over 2016, and the UK, which supplied 185,000 tourists to Israel, 10% more than in 2016.
Other important sources of incoming tourism included Ukraine with 137,000 tourists, China with 105,000, Italy (93,000), Poland (85,000), and Canada (75,000).
59% of the tourists who visited Israel this year came for the first time.
The Ministry of Tourism Israel, however, didn’t restrict its advertising to the pilgrimage market, as it did for many years, but also marketed other aspects of Israel, such as night life, culinary aspects and sports.
Israel Tourism Minister Levin said, “The all-time record number of tourists visiting Israel this year is no accident; it is the result of a clear policy. The actions taken by my ministry since I took up my position have brought Israel an unprecedented peak in incoming tourism. The number of tourists visiting Israel increased by 700,000, setting a new record for incoming tourism to Israel and adding NIS 20 billion to the economy.”