Record number of foreign tourists visited Israel in November 2016, generating more than 1.5 billion shekels ($390 million) in revenues for the month.
By Ilan Gattegno
Some 970,000 tourists stayed at least one night in Israel in November, an increase of about 38% compared to November 2015, the Israel Hotel Association said in a statement Monday.
The number of tourists who stayed overnight in November this year was also 23% higher than in the equivalent period in 2014, which followed Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, and on par with November 2013.
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“I am glad to see that the dramatic increase in tourism is evident in the occupancy levels in hotels, which are impressive by all accounts,” Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said on Monday. “The aggressive global efforts to promote tourism to Israel have borne fruit, and I intend to work hard and make sure this welcome trend continues,” he said.
Earlier this month, it was reported that record numbers of tourists visited Israel in November 2016. Levin, who unveiled the figures on his Facebook page, said that revenue from incoming tourism in November generated more than 1.5 billion shekels ($390 million), about the same as the ministry’s annual budget for promoting inbound tourism. This is NIS 400 million ($100 million) more than the revenue generated by inbound tourism in November 2014.
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