A record 4.5 million tourists visited Israel in 2019, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, compared with 4.1 million in 2018, 3.6 million in 2017, and 2.89 million in 2016, a poor year for tourism because of the conflict with Gaza.
Tourism is a huge economic resource (tourists spend an average of $1,400 per visit), and the country’s hotels are flourishing.
The report found that tourists focused on Jerusalem (77%) and Tel Aviv (67%). The two sites most visited by tourists were the Western Wall (72%) and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (52%), followed by the Old City of Jaffa (51%). Half of the tourists were on their first visit to Israel. 55% of tourists came by themselves, and 25% flew on low-cost flights. On a scale of 1 to 5, Israel’s value for money rating was 3.8.
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