Record Tourism Numbers For the Start of 2017 – Ilana Messika BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS
Record Tourism Numbers For the Start of 2017
“For He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalms 91:11 (The Israel Bible™)
A record number of tourists entered Israel during January and February, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Ministry of Tourism. According to the Ministry, there was a 25 percent increase over the first two months of 2017 compared to January-February 2016. This included a 22 percent increase in tourist entries in February 2017 as compared to February 2016, and a 25 percent increase over February 2015.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said the numbers illustrated the strength of Israel’s tourism industry. “The statistics show that the ground-breaking marketing campaigns we have created in the last few months at the Tourism Ministry have generated a significant increase in tourist traffic,” he said.
Notably, 209,000 tourist entries were by air, an increase of 19 percent over February 2016 and 24 over February 2015.
The numbers followed on a flurry of interest in Israel by foreign airlines. Last month, Ireland-based low-cost airline Ryanair announced that the airline will begin service to Tel Aviv from seven European cities, and eight more from Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow and Kaunas to the new Eilat Ovda airport, scheduled to open later this year.