Israel records 34% growth from January to October this year


Israel witnessed a phenomenal growth of 58% in Indian visitor arrivals in the month of October this year as compared to the same period the previous year.

Israel, for the second consecutive year, has broken its tourism record in India along with reaching a whopping three million tourist mark this year. More than 49,000 Indians have already visited Israel from January to October 2017 marking a growth of 34% from January to October vis-à-vis the same period last year as per statistics released by Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT).

Speaking about the positive growth, Hassan Madah, Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism India said, “This has been the best year of incoming tourist arrivals for Israel and India continues to be an important contributor for us. Our effort towards promoting Israel as a dynamic holiday destination as opposed to its otherwise restricted perception as a religious destination is yielding positive results and we are witnessing successful outcomes of our increased investments in the Indian market.”

He also added that tourism is an important contributor to the Israeli economy and since the beginning of the year, tourism has brought in $4.1 billion into the economy. In 2016, 45,000 Indians visited Israel and they have surpassed that number by October itself this year. “We are hopeful to welcome 60,000 Indian arrivals to Israel by the end of 2017,” mentioned Madah.

As Israel reaches its all-time record, and 2017 is expected to close as Israel’s record year for incoming tourism, Yariv Levin, Tourism Minister, Israel said, “This is a special day and a historic milestone as we break the 3-million-tourist barrier and we are set to end the year with an amazing achievement.The huge investment that we are making in marketing Israel around the world and our collaborations with airlines and tour operators are bearing fruit.”