This is a 30 per cent increase when compared to numbers from the same period in 2017, during which 770,000 tourists entered the country, and is 58 per cent more than the 2016 numbers. In March alone, 393,000 tourists visited Israel, which is 63 per cent more than the amounts seen just two years ago.
“Further to the opening of new direct air routes and new markets from India and Brazil in the last month, we are witnessing record levels of incoming tourists,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.
The largest increase came from places where the ministry is investing its marketing efforts, in countries such as the United States, which saw a 39 percent increase, and Poland, that reportedly had a 136 percent increase. In Sweden, tourism to Israel increased by 90 per cent and 55 per cent in Germany.
Such a boost in tourism has had a tremendous economical impact and in 2018, has already injected 4.9 billion NIS into the Israeli economy, which is approximately 577 million dollars.