Despite the grave global economic crisis and the problematic geopolitical situation in the region, Israel continues to break incoming tourism records.
A record number of 2.3 million visitors arrived between January-August 2012, a 7% increase as compared with last year and 5% more than the record year of 2010.
Of these entries, a record 1.9 million were tourists, a 4% increase compared with the same period in 2011 and a 7% increase as compared with 2010. 374,000 entries were day visitors, 26% more than the same period last year.
The month of August also registered its own records. Throughout last month, 298,000 visitors entered the country – a 10% increase as compared with August 2011 and 7% more than in August 2010.
Of these visitors, a record 248,000 were tourists, a 10% increase as compared with August 2011. 50,000 entries were day visitors, 10% more than in August 2011. Of these visitors, 12,000 arrived on cruise ships, 39% more than August 2011.
August 2012 registered 221,000 entries via air travel, a 9% increase compared with August 2011. 27,000 tourists entered by land crossings, a 20% increase as compared with last year. 21,000 entries came through the Jordanian border (a 29% increase as compared with August 2011) and 5,600 came through Taba to Eilat.