Thursday, September 27, 2012
Record Year for Israel tourism
By Elisa Moed for www.Travelujah.com
Special ASSIST News Service
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (ANS) -- Despite the political uncertainty and the global economic crisis in the world, Israel has attracted 3.5 million visitors over the last 12 months, 3% more than in the last Jewish New year, 5771. Of these, about 3 million represent people who've stayed longer than one night.
Tourism continues to be a strong economic driver for Israel generating revenues of NIS 18 billion, representing an increase of 10% over last year.
As a result of significant grants to encourage new hotel development, 18 new hotels are under construction and are anticipated to add 2,119 hotels to the room supply around the country. Nine new properties representing 889 hotel rooms are under construction in Jerusalem.
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said, “Against the background of the geopolitical challenges and the global economic crisis, the achievements are even greater. We will continue to work in the coming year to make a vacation in Israel more accessible, cheaper and more attractive for Israelis and tourists alike.”
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 www.Travelujah.com.
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