Overall visits during the period fell by 76 percent compared to last year, while for September, the figure was 96 percent.
Four million tourists visited Israel in 2018, an increase of 13 percent from 2017. How did Israel achieve this and what’s stopping it from increasing that number?
News filtered through at approximately 1 p.m. EST that following talks, Airbnb had announced it was suspending the implementation of the new policy of boycotting West Bank settlements.
Some people know Jerusalem as the City of Fire, some know it as the Holy City; however, you want to call it, Israel’s capital is turning into the world’s hottest travel destination for 2018.
Israel is a desirable tourism hot-spot. Already in 2018, the country has surpassed its 2017 total. It is estimated that more than 4 million people will visit the country in 2018. It is said that tourism has added $4.8 billion to the economy.
“Incoming tourism contributes significantly to both Israel’s economy and, no less importantly, to its image,” said Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin. “I am convinced that we will continue to see the sharp rise in the number of tourists arriving in Israel, and we will end the year with another record.”
Tourism in Israel is booming. Despite figures from tourism research company IPK International that in 2017, 56% of people viewed Israel as one of the unsafest countries in the world to visit, hopes that the country will hit an all-time record of four million tourists by the end of 2018 are high.
The number of tourists visiting Israel continued to soar during the first half of 2018, with some 2.1 million tourist entries recorded from January to June.
While the world focused on Jerusalem, with many countries trying to deny the sanctity of Jerusalem, so many more were drawn to Israel, to see for themselves the blossoming of the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The Israeli Tourism Ministry announced on Wednesday that a record number of Christian pilgrims are expected to give a welcome boost to the economy by visiting the Holy Land for Christmas, finishing up a record-breaking year of tourism for Israel.