Last month, 346,000 visitors came to Israel – the highest number in the last few years, save for last year in when 400,000 arrived (a 14% decrease). The decrease, compared to last year, is the result of the recent Jewish holiday season which caused hotel and airfare prices to increase dramatically (this year, Yom Kippur and Sukkot fell on October while last year they were in September). Another explanation for this decrease is the tourism crisis in Egypt which continues to influence cross-border traffic.
Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov: “Representatives of the Tourism Ministry in 17 Israel Government Tourism Offices worldwide are actively promoting tourism to Israel, while dealing with the various obstacles in each country. Despite regional events, geopolitical and economic crises, we have been able to stabilize incoming tourism with intensive and targeted marketing in traditional markets in the United States and Europe and more intense activities in new markets in Asia and South America.”
France is the third largest source country for incoming tourism after the United States and Russia. The period January to September saw a 2% increase in tourism traffic from France to Israel. The average expenditure of a French tourist in Israel is $1172 per visit, while most of the tourists from France are Jewish (78%) and only a minority is Catholic (17%).