303,000 tourist entries in June, 28% more than last year, 1.74 million tourist entries in Jan-June 2017, 26% more than same period last year and NIS 9.4 billion revenue from tourism in Jan-June 2017.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: “The June tourism statistics bring us to record levels for incoming tourism in the first six months of the year. Our policy continues to prove itself and to bear fruit and we can see that the right marketing strategy can bring Israel to new heights. We are implementing marketing activities and innovative processes to brand Israel and to bring new airlines and new routes into Israel and all this activity proves itself, month after month.. The significant increase in incoming tourism numbers makes an exceptional contribution to the Israeli economy and workforce. I am convinced that, with the correct activities, we will see continue to see good results in the coming months.”
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the following increases were recorded in the first half of 2017 as compared to the same six months in 2016:
- 76% increase in tourism from China
- 30% increase in tourism from Russia
- 20% increase in tourism from USA (the largest source country for incoming tourism)
303,000 tourist entries were recorded in June 2017, 28.4% on June 2016. In the six months January-June 2017, 1.74 million tourist entries were recorded, 26% increase on the same period last year.
There was a 28.4% increase in tourist entries in June 2017 as compared to June 2016 and a similar increase on June 2015. 275,000 tourist entries were by air, an increase of 26% on June 2016 and 27% on June 2015. 28,600 tourist entries were recorded via the land crossings in June, of which 24,000 came via Jordan and about 4,500 via Egypt. 19,300 arrived as day visitors as opposed to 8,700 in June 2016.
January- June 2017
In January- June 2017, 1.74 million tourist entries were recorded, an increase of 26% on the same period in 2016 (1.38 million) and 24% more than in 2015.