Tourism to Israel reaches new high

Tourism to Israel set a new high in November with the arrival of 315,000 travellers, a 2% increase compared to November 2010. Also, 3.1 million travellers have arrived in Israel since the beginning of 2011, a 1% increase compared to the same period last year. “We are thrilled to see travel to Israel remain on pace with last year’s record-breaking numbers despite regional turmoil and economic crises around the world,”says Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. “With the addition of new hotels, modern attractions and expanded flight options, we anticipate this increase in tourism to the Holy Land to continue in 2012 and beyond.”Cruise travel to Israel also saw a 40% increase between January and November 2011 with the arrival of 212,000 travellers. (