A total of 3.6 million visitors came to Israel during the Jewish year 5771 – a 17% increase compared to the year 5770.

(Communicated by the Ministry of Tourism)

According to the Ministry of Tourism, 3.6 million visitors came to Israel during the Jewish year 5771 – a 17% increase compared to the year 5770. Of those visitors, 3 million stayed for more than one night, a 21% increase compared to the year 5770. Over the course of the last year, the busiest tourism month was October, with 404,000 visits.

The most impressive increase over the last Jewish year belongs to the cruise ships, with 208,000 visitors, a 68% increase compared to the previous year, with only 124,000 visitors. Income from inbound tourism alone in 5771 was 14.3 billion NIS, 11.1% more compared to the year 5770 (13 billion NIS).  

Leading the list in country of origin of visitors is the United States, with 630,000 visitors, a 19% increase as compared to the year 5770. Second is Russia with 560,000 visitors, a 25% increase as compared to the previous year, followed by France with 290,000 visitors, a 25% increase.

Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov, stated that despite regional events, the Ministry of Tourism has succeeded in maintaining and even increasing tourism traffic to Israel through enhanced and targeted marketing that will continue in the coming year. "Israel is a tourism challenge for every Israeli tourist and, of course, for foreign tourists. The upcoming holiday season is a wonderful time of year to travel, and I call upon everyone to get out, see the sites, learn about Israel’s heritage and history while taking care of the natural surroundings."

The Ministry of Tourism has been preparing over the last few weeks to welcome over 300,000 tourists which are expected to visit Israel over the upcoming holiday season. Among other things, the Ministry of Tourism’s Inspections Department is checking hotel preparedness, as well as cleanliness at tourism sites and centers throughout the country in order to ensure a warm welcome and pleasant experience for both local and foreign travelers.

The Ministry of Tourism’s Information Offices in Jerusalem, Eilat, and Nazareth will operate on a regular schedule during the holidays. The office at Ben-Gurion International Airport will operate regularly throughout the holidays, 24/7.