Tourists visit the lookout of the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old city of Jerusalem. (Hadas Parush/Flash90) (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
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“Tourism continues to break records with the rise in incoming tourism to Israel,” Tourism Minister Yariv Levin enthused.

By United with Israel Staff

According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 365,000 tourist entries were recorded in June 2019, 17.7% more than June 2018 and 20.5% more than June 2017.

In the period of January-June 2019, 2.265 million tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 2.063 million in the same period last year, marking an increase of 9.8%.

Revenue from incoming tourism in June stood at NIS 1.9 million and, since the beginning of the year, at NIS 11.7 million.

The statistics show that 326,500 tourist entries were by air, 16.5% more than June 2018 and 18.9% more than June 2017.

Another 38,600 tourists arrived via the land crossings, 28.7% more than June 2018 and 36.1% more than June 2017.

Marked Increase from Spain, Portugal

Incoming tourism from the Iberian Peninsula in particular increased significantly, with 46,600 coming from Spain and 8,400 from Portugal, the numbers show. Since the beginning of the year, incoming tourism from Spain has increased 41% when compared to the same period last year, as well as a 38% increase from Portugal.

Significant increases in June were also recorded in incoming tourism from China, Italy, Austria, Hungary and South Korea.

“Tourism continues to break records with the rise in incoming tourism to Israel. June continues the growth trend, thanks to the innovative marketing which is bearing fruit and bringing results,” Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin remarked.

“The Israel Ministry of Tourism proves itself as an engine for economic growth, month after month and the results speak for themselves,” he said.