The recovery in tourism continues: about 250 thousand tourists entered Israel in July

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Communication Aug 8, 2022

The hot summer heat and the high prices did not harm the recovery in the arrival of tourists to Israel. The number of tourists who arrived in the country in July is 23% lower than the number of tourists who entered in July 2019.
According to the data of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in July 2022 there were 249.5 thousand tourist arrivals compared to 49.2 thousand in July 2021 and 322.8 thousand in July 2019. This is a decrease of only 22.7% compared to 2019 which was the peak year in tourism and brought about 4.5 million tourists to Israel. Fo

for comparison, last June 250 thousand tourists entered Israel, compared to 439 thousand in June 2019 - a decrease of about 43%.
The cumulative decrease in tourist arrivals since the beginning of the year (January-July) is approximately 56% cumulatively in relation to the corresponding period in 2019. These data indicate the continuation of the recovery trend of incoming tourism. The rate of arrivals so far forms the basis for the expectation of tourist arrivals this year, in the range of 2.5-2.2 million arrivals.
The Minister of Tourism, Yoel Razvozov, said in response to the data that "the positive trend continues, and according to the data we have, it will continue this month as well, despite the 'Dawn' operation. After the Corona, the tourism industry could not have suffered another blow. But the efficient and quick military operation, He achieved the political goals, restored security to the south and Israeli deterrence, and at the same time preserved the tourism industry, so that it would continue to bring a lot of money into the Israeli economy."
Despite the reason for optimism, an examination of the characteristics of the demand for vacations in Israel - both by Israelis and by tourists from abroad - are different from those that existed before the Corona crisis, in the summer of 2019. While in places like Eilat, the Dead Sea and Herzliya there is high demand and hotel occupancy has almost returned to pre-crisis levels - There are areas such as Nazareth, Tiberias and Jerusalem, which shuffle far behind.
One of the reasons for the differences in occupancy between the cities is related to the differences between the types of tourists. The business tourists and individual tourists (individuals and couples) returned mainly to Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Eilat and the Dead Sea, but the groups of pilgrim tourism, which tend to stay in Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tiberias, are still not filling the planes.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine took tourism from both countries out of the picture. Before the crisis, 600-500 thousand Russian and Ukrainian tourists came to Israel per year. Even the tourists from the Eastern countries - mainly China, South Korea and the Philippines - have not returned to travel yet.
Another and central reason for the partial recovery of tourism from abroad is the cost of living, and the high prices of flights to Israel - hundreds of dollars for a flight from Europe to Israel and thousands of dollars for tourists from the USA or Australia.

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