Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Many Tourists in Israel

My observation in the past couple of weeks of travels around Israel is that there has not been this many tourists since 2000.  An Arutz-7 story suggests that this is more than a feeling.

The Ministry of Tourism reports that 290,000 tourists visited Israel in April 2008, an amount similar to that recorded in Israel's record-breaking tourism year, 2000. 

The totals for this past April were 26% over April 2006, as well as 41% more than April 2007, when tourism was still negatively affected by the Second Lebanon War eight months earlier. 

During the first four months of 2008, 936,000 tourists arrived in Israel - an increase of 43% from the same period in 2007, and 34% more than the same period in 2006. 

The current pace of growth is consistent with Tourism Ministry goals to attract 2.8 million tourists to Israel this year.  However, Tourism Ministry Director General Sha'ul Tzemach says that this blessing places in bold relief the increasing shortage of available guest rooms in Israel.

The story continues here.  If you're planning to bring a group, you would do best to get hotel reservations more than a year in advance.

2 Comments:

  • One year? Oh my... still interesting... God bless Israel!

    By Anonymous Samaw, at Thu May 22, 05:59:00 PM  

  • To all people in Israel,
    I would like to invite you today(15/5) in late notice to a rare concert of a band, Whiteflag Project; an Israeli/Palestinian band at 20:30 the Mahmood Darwish Center, Nazareth.
    Its going to be a unique event.

    Tickets at the door 40 n.i.s
    Come be apart of this amazing event if you are a believer of peace xx

    Please see attached link for more details:
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=77512671063&ref=mf

    Sarit Livne: Band Manager
    Contact: 052 683 9726

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 15, 02:52:00 AM  

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