Israel’s tourism arrivals are nearing 2019 levels

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    The destination has seen exponential growth month over month since March 2022

    For the first time in over two years, Israel’s tourism arrival numbers are approaching the same record-breaking numbers of the summer of 2019.

    According to the Israel Ministry of Tourism, the destination has seen exponential growth month over month since March 2022, when the country reopened to international travelers regardless of vaccination status. In June 2022, Israel saw 112,700 North American tourists (excluding day visitors and cruise passengers), compared to 131,800 in June 2019.

    Key updates from the destination include the following:

    • A total of 107 entrepreneurs have applied for grants from the Ministry of Tourism to establish new hotels. Investors are seeking to establish and convert existing buildings to hotels and expand existing buildings or restore them to their original purpose. The Israel Ministry of Tourism has earmarked $49 million in grants to support these plans
    • Numerous hotels have opened in the last six months, with more planned throughout 2022 and 2023 including: Six Senses Shaharut; Brut Brown Hotel; The David Kempinski Tel Aviv; Nobu Hotel Tel Aviv; Isrotel’s Port Tower Hotel; Alberto Tel Aviv, and more
    • Tel Aviv Pride 2022 saw over 10,000 tourists this year, and the Pride Parade, which took place on June 10, welcomed over 170,000 people
    • Free guided tours to the public were brought back in February 2022. Tens of thousands of free tours are now being offered every day of the week. To date, more than 1,800 tour guides have responded to the invitation to participate in this project. Tours are offered in English, Russian, French, and Arabic, in addition to Hebrew-guided tours
    • Travelers can expect to see over 300 wineries, new breweries, and distilleries including Jerusalem’s new Thinker’s Distillery and more restaurants in local markets using fresh local produce and vegan options
    • Accessibility in the Old City has greatly improved. Years in the making, nearly 4 miles of streets and alleyways in the Old City have been made accessible with the installation of hand railings and ramps. The Step-Hear app, which assists and supports the visually impaired, has also been implemented
    • Israel has approved a $35 million upgrade to the Western Wall, one of Israel’s most iconic sites. The plan aims to encourage more visits by improving public transportation accessibility, developing new educational programs, and continuing existing development projects

    For more information on travel to Israel go to canadavisitisrael.com.

     

    ( Travelweek)

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