Four million tourists visited Israel in 2018, an increase of 13 percent from 2017. How did Israel achieve this and what’s stopping it from increasing that number?
“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.”
It has been apparent for the last few years that Israel is experiencing a tourism boom – and the latest figures from the country’s Ben Gurion International Airport support this. According to Globes, August saw a record 2.7 million arrivals and departures – the airport’s busiest month in its history and a 10-percent increase on August 2017.
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.