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Record 2.1M Tourists Visit Israel in First Half of 2018



Ministry data shows country earned more than NIS 12 billion from tourism between January and June

The challenges facing Israel on its borders and the negative publicity from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other anti-Israel efforts are failing to isolate the Jewish state. In fact, the tourism industry is flourishing, according to a report on the CBN web site

In the first half of 2018, the tourism sector broke the 2 million mark, with 2.1 million tourist entries recorded, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported. That’s a 19 percent increase from the same period last year and a 26 percent increase from 2016.

In June, 310,000 tourists entered Israel, with revenue tipping the scales at 1.66 billion shekels ($456,599,600).

310,200 tourist entries were recorded in Israel in June 2018, according to statistics released Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.Revenue from tourism in June reached about 1.66 billion shekels, according to the report.

The number of 310,200 tourist entries recorded in June 2018 amounts to about 2% more than in June 2017.

During the period between January and June 2018, about 2.1 million tourist entries were recorded, an increase of 19% compared to the same period in 2017 (1.74 million) and 26% more than in 2016.

Since the beginning of the year, tourism has injected more than 12 billion shekels into the Israeli economy.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) said, “The marketing efforts and activities that we are spearheading in the ministry are leading us to new records, as, for the first time, we have crossed the 2 million threshold for tourist entries over the course of half a year. I am pleased to see that the first half of the year has borne the fruit of our intensive marketing endeavors and activities around the world.”

“In advance of the winter season, we are already seeing an increase in the number of flights from Europe to Eilat, with new airlines joining this momentum. I am sure that all tourism-related enterprises will feel these results in the tourism industry, which contributes tens of billions of dollars every year to the Israeli economy,” he added.

While many are first-time visitors, there are lots who come to Israel on a regular basis year after year.

Levin said all tourism-related sectors will benefit from the tens of billions of dollars injected into the Israeli economy annually from the tourism sector.

By: A7 Staff

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