“Incoming tourism contributes significantly to both Israel’s economy and, no less importantly, to its image,” said Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin. “I am convinced that we will continue to see the sharp rise in the number of tourists arriving in Israel, and we will end the year with another record.”

Tourism to Israel is already enjoying a massive boom. In the first half of 2018 the country is on course to break 2017’s record 3.6 million visitors. Israel’s southernmost city, Eilat, welcomed the inaugural flight to its new Ilan and Asaf Ramon airport. It will have a capacity of 2 million domestic and international tourists.