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Based on financial expenditures by travelers, trend forecaster Virtuoso ranked Israel as the third most appealing place to visit in the world for spring break.

By United with Israel Staff

Spring is in the air and Virtuosa, a global luxury travel network, chose Israel as one of its top places to visit during the holiday break. Indeed, Virtuoso’s recently published top ten destination list for March and April travel ranked Israel at number three.

The trend forecaster analyzed information from $55 billion worth of transactions through its data base. Only the United States and Italy came before Israel.

“Israel’s religious and historic appeal intensifies at this time of year,” said a company statement, referring to the season during which Jews celebrate Passover and gentiles celebrate Easter, holidays that are historically associated with the Land of Israel.

America is appealing for its “abundance of warm, family-oriented destinations” with many natives choosing to stay in their homeland.

According to the statement, Australia remains a popular destination despite rampant bush fires that have plagued the country since September.

The countries of choice after the Holy Land were France, Japan,the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Australia and the Netherlands.

Virtuoso is an invitation-only organization comprised of over 1,100 travel agency locations with more than 22,000 elite travel advisers in over 50 countries. Israel’s nabbing the number three spot on Virtuoso’s list is a good indicator of the strength of Israel’s tourism industry.

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