Israel experienced another record month of tourism in May as over 321,000 visitors arrived in Israel, representing an increase of 5 percent over the previous high set in 2010. Year-to-date figures show that 2012 has been a banner year for tourism to Israel so far. Over 1.4 million people have arrived to Israel, of which 85 percent represent tourists. Travelujah estimates that a total of 3.6 million visitors will arrive by year end 2012, assuming the calm environment continues.
Minister of Tourism Staz Misechnikov said: "The consistent increase in incoming tourism and the new record highs prove that the investment in the industry contributes to increased income for the economy and creates tens of thousands of new jobs. Against the background of the ongoing global economic crisis, the importance of investment in engines for growth becomes sharper, and tourism is a central player in maintaining the robust Israeli economy."
Christian tourism in particular represents a very sizable portion of Israel's tourism market, with Christian tourists representing over 60 percent of all day and overnight tourists to Israel.
Elisa L. Moed is the founder and CEO of Travelujah, the leading Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.
Publication date: June 19, 2012