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May Sets Yet Another Record for Tourism in Israel

Israel’s tourism industry is experiencing record-breaking numbers, including thousands of arrivals from Jordan and Egypt. 

May 2017 set a monthly record for the number of tourists arriving in Israel, a record which has recently been pushed to new heights several times.

Since the start of 2017, tourism has infused $2.18 billion into the Israeli economy, according to figures published Thursday by Israel’s Tourism Ministry.

The month of May saw 347,000 tourists enter Israel, an increase of 16.7 percent from May 2016.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin attributed the tourism boom to the Israeli government’s marketing efforts.





旅游部长莱维(Yariv Levin)将旅游热潮归功于以色列政府的营销工作。

“It’s not a coincidence; it’s a clear policy,” he said. “The positive trend that has continued for over six months is making a tremendous contribution to Israeli employment and the economy, and I’m convinced that if we work correctly, we’ll see this trend continue into the coming months.”

In the first five months of this year, 1.43 million tourists entered Israel, an increase of approximately 25 percent from the same period last year, and 23 percent higher than the first five months of 2015.

The numbers for May 2017 are slightly higher than those for May 2014, which held Israel’s previous monthly record for incoming tourism. The local tourism industry proceeded to crash in the summer of 2014, during Israel’s 50-day war with Hamas in Gaza.

A total of 303,000 tourists flew into Israel in May 2017, and another 44,000 arrived by land from Egypt or Jordan.

It is of significance that the increase in incoming tourism occurred after a year of multiple Palestinian terrorist attacks, which normally drive away tourists.

“这不是巧合;这是一个明确的政策,“他说。 “持续六个多月的积极趋势为以色列的就业和经济做出了巨大的贡献,我深信,如果我们正确运作,我们会看到这一趋势在未来几个月内持续下去。”






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