Tourism to Israel broke yet another all-time record in November, when 310,000 visitors entered the country – more than during any previous month in modern history.
This was 23% more than in November of 2009, and 19% more than the same month in 2008, which was Israel’s previous record year for tourism.
3.18 million tourists visited Israel in the first 11 months of this year – 26% more than the same period in 2009, and 12% more than that of 2008. This year has already become a record-breaking year, with more tourists having arrived in Israel so far than in all of 2008.
According to Tourism Ministry estimates, the record-breaking year of 2010 will finish with 3.45 million tourists – 26% more than 2009 and 14% more than 2008. Nearly 70% of them are Christian tourists.
The Tourism Ministry is preparing for the expected arrival of over 70,000 Christian tourists and pilgrims over the Christmas period – which, fortunately for Israeli tourism, is celebrated over a two-week period by different churches.
The Ministry estimates that 2.4 million Christian tourists – half of them pilgrims – are expected to visit Israel by the end of 2010, double the amount that visited Israel in 2009.
Another record was also achieved this year: 2.6 million tourists stayed in Israel for at least one night between January and November of this year – more than the total for all of 2008, which was 2,572,000.There were also 438,000 one-day visitors – a whopping 52% more than 2009 and 33% more than 2008. 151,500 visited Israel on cruise ships, a two to three-fold compared to the last two years.
Read more at Arutz Shevah.