In 2017 Israel has hosted a record 3.6 million foreign tourists
“In 2017 Israel hosted a record 3.6 million foreign visitors, while Russia is on the second line among the countries from which tourists came”, - reported Izrael National News.
According to the Minister of Tourism of Israel Yariv Levina, the number of tourists who visited the country in 2017 increased by 25% or 700 thousand people, which is a new record for incoming tourism. The industry's contribution to the economy amounted 20 billion shekels ($ 5.768 billion).
Most travelers (700 thousand) came to Israel from the United States, 21% more than a year earlier. From Russia, which is on the second line, 307 thousand guests arrived in the country. Growth of 26% is connected with an increase of the number of flights to Israel. The third place was taken by France, from which 284 thousand tourists came, 8% more than in 2016.
The publication notes that 59% of tourists, who visited Israel this year, came for the first time, 25% - were pilgrimage, 23% - came for active recreation, 10% - for entertainment, 24% came to visit relatives and friends and 11% for work.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.